American pals Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys both reach first French Open QF

Published 2:04 p.m. ET June 3, 2018 | Updated 5:31 p.m. ET June 3, 2018


Americans Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys reach the French Open quarterfinals for the first time.

PARIS (AP) — Madison Keys was keeping an eye on a TV while getting treatment at Roland Garros the other day, watching her pal Sloane Stephens pull out a tight three-set victory.

“Living and dying on every point in the end,” Keys said. “I saw her in the locker room, and I was like, ‘God, you made me nervous at the end.’ She was like, ‘You were nervous?'”

The two young Americans are friends who have known each other for about a decade. They’re Fed Cup and Olympic teammates. They even debuted in a Grand Slam final together, when Stephens beat Keys for last year’s U.S. Open title. 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.

The 10th-seeded Stephens was a 6-2, 6-0 winner against No. 25 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in…

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