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April 5, 2019
Eighth-seeded Madison Keys outlasted top-seeded Sloane Stephens in three sets to reach the Volvo Car Open semifinals. Fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark also advanced to the final four with a 6-2, 6-2 win over 15th-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece. Keys had lost all three career meetings against her American countrywoman, including losses in the 2017 U.S. Open finals and last year’s French Open semifinals. This time, Keys pulled away at the end to win 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Madison Keys rallied late to down top-seeded Sloane Stephens for the first time in four career meetings to reach the Volvo Car Open semifinals on Friday.

Keys pulled away from her American countrywoman to win 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2. Keys, seeded eighth and ranked 18th in the world, will take on either American Danielle Collins or Monica Puig of Puerto Rico for a spot in Sunday’s finals. Collins and Puig play in a later match.

Stephens had not lost a set in three previous matches against her good friend, including in the 2017 U.S. Open finals and last year’s French Open semifinals before dropping the opening set tiebreaker. Keys dug in once again down the stretch after Stephens won the second set.

No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, the 2011 Volvo champion, also made the final four after defeating 15th-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-2, 6-2. Wozniacki will face No. 16 seed Petra Martic of Croatia, who ousted ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-3, 6-4.


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