It was an anticlimax Middle Sunday at Roland Garros. Mihaela Buzarnescu, the conqueror of fourth seed Elina Svitolina, and Anett Kontaveit, who eliminated eighth seed Petra Kvitova, both suffered quick losses in the fourth round, while the thrilling night encounter between Daria Kasatkina and Caroline Wozniacki had to be suspended in the second set due to darkness.
Winning 82% of points on first serve, seed No.13 Madison Keys largely eased past the 31st-seeded Buzarnescu 6-1 6-4, only having some trouble at the conclusion, missing two match points at 5-2 40-15, allowing the Romanian to win two more games before losing the match in one hour and five minutes.
Tenth seed Sloane Stephens wasted only 52 minutes to defeat seed No.25 Anett Kontaveit, 6-2 6-0. Estonia’s Kontaveit had an error-strewn showing on Court Philippe Chatrier, being nothing close to the player that was shining during this claycourt season. With Kontaveit’s exit, we’re not going to see this unique coral Adidas Roland Garros Tank any more in Paris.
Keys and Stephens have now reached the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slams in their careers.
Unseeded Yulia Putintseva, with dropshot and correct anticipation of her opponent’s intention after it among her key strengths, reached the French Open quarterfinals for the second time with a 6-4 6-3 win over seed No.26 Barbora Strycova.