Keys rallies back to beat Putintseva and reach Paris semi-finals

Tennis French Open

Tennis French Open

"I obviously rely on what I learned there and how to manage my emotions and manage the moment, but there were so many late nights and I was so exhausted".

Keys fired 30 winners and three aces compared to her rival's 12 and none, respectively.

She regrouped and got headed back in the right direction.

"I don't know if I will win, but I will take a big love from you and that's the most important for me", he said.

Keys, the No. 13 seed, has yet to lose a set at Roland Garros this year.

Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys ensured there will be an American in this year's French Open final.

"I played again one of my best matches on clay", Halep said after coming back from a break down in the second set. Stephens put a higher percentage of first serves into play (76.2 percent) than anyone in the draw other than her first-round victim, Arantxa Rus. Breaking that habit has been part of a larger maturing process that boils down to this: be your own boss. "I think today is a flawless example of what I have been trying to do, and I think it showed today". I will think that I will make many people happy. But in tennis, you never know, so I will stay chill.

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But Keys had the nous and consistency to keep the pressure on her opponent and broke in the seventh game of the second set before going on to win. She lost the first after a net-cord deflection, but built the second admirably and sealed it with a booming backhand pass, her 20th victor to 9. Yet even when she fell behind 0-2 in the tiebreak, Keys' expression remained stoic. She also had her serve broken just once. The Russian-born, Florida-based Kazakh player took exception to just one service call and smiled warmly at Keys when they shook hands over the net.

"It's tough to speak now", the fifth-seeded Argentine player said. Just one good shot from her here and one bad shot from me there, and then the set was over. "All in all, I don't think anyone can complain".

Stephens, 23, and Keys, 25, will quickly approach that sort of status if they maintain the form they've shown lately. After sitting out almost a year because of an injured right foot that needed surgery in January 2017, she has soared up the rankings and now made it to her second major final in the past ninth months.

The quarterfinals on the other side of the draw are today, involving four women who have spent time at No. 1: Simona Halep, who now leads the WTA rankings, against No. 12 seed Angelique Kerber, and No. 3 Garbine Muguruza against No. 28 Maria Sharapova.

It's an interesting scenario to load onto a friendship, but neither woman seemed fussed about that.

"In the first set, I just needed to focus more and trust my game. She comes in with a lot of momentum", said the American.

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