Ashleigh Barty, Madison Keys set up French Open quarterfinal clash

Ashleigh Barty beast Sofia Kenin 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 on Court Philippe-Chatrier to set up a tie with 14th-seeded American Madison Keys.

Ashleigh Barty in action against Sofia Kenin at French Open 2019.   -  Getty Images

Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty beat Sofia Kenin, who stunned Serena Williams in the third round, to reach her second straight Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open on Monday.

Barty, who also made the last eight at the Australian Open earlier this year, won 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 on Court Philippe-Chatrier to set up a tie with 14th-seeded American Madison Keys.

“It's my first time this week playing on this beautiful court and I just wanted to come out here and enjoy it,” said the 23-year-old former cricketer.

“It (playing cricket) was incredible, it made me more hungry to come back and have success in tennis.”

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Keys through

Keys reached the quarterfinals for the second successive year with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Katerina Siniakova, the conqueror of top seed Naomi Osaka.

“I was really happy to close it out as playing three sets in these heavy conditions does not sound like much fun,” said the 24-year-old who reached the semifinals in 2018. “I love clay courts and Paris and I am happy to play another match.”