Keys opens door to Paris quarters with Buzarnescu win

Buzarnescu, who reached the final in Prague on clay last month, next faces American 13th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up.

The French Open fourth-round match between No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 14 Daria Kasatkina has been suspended for the day in the second set because of darkness.

Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up, compiled a 30-8 edge in winners and started quickly, going up by a set and a break at 3-1 in the second. And now they're both French Open quarterfinalists, each making it that far in Paris for the first time with relatively easy straight-set victories at Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday.

American Stephens will face the victor of second seed Caroline Wozniacki's fourth-round match against Russia's Daria Kasatkina, which takes place later on Sunday.

Sloane beat Keys in the Flushing Meadows final previous year.

Keys saved another set point at 6-7, this time with a booming first serve.

Fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov fell to 0-7 against top-50 opponents at the French Open and still has never made it to the fourth round at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

She received a gift in the second tiebreaker when Kvitova slammed a smash long at 3-5 and although Kontaveit double-faulted on her first match point, she sealed her first career win over the two-time Wimbledon champion on the next one.

Keys is one of three Americans to reach the third round with Sloane Stephens and three-times champion Serena Williams also in the hunt. In the fifth, the circumstances were more dire: Zverev faced a match point.

"Definitely it's a challenge, but we have to deal with those kind of things", she said.

Zverev is on Court Philippe Chatrier against Damir Dzumhur, a 26th-seeded Bosnian who is trying to reach the fourth round of any major for the first time.

"It's awesome. This was always kind of the one where it was the most hard for me, and it was always the toughest one to feel like I could play well here".

Keys is one of three Americans to reach the third round with Sloane Stephens, who beat her in the Flushing Meadows final a year ago, and three-times champion Serena Williams also in the hunt.

"During treatment yesterday I had Sloane on (TV) and was living and dying on every point in the end", said Keys, who needs to overcome Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva to set up a potential semi-final showdown with Stephens.

"I think she's playing well".

It was a good tournament for the 30-year-old Buzarnescu - seeded 31st - a former Ph.D. student who has climbed more than 300 ranking spots in the last year.

  • Steve Townsend