French Open: Kasatkina and Kudermetova prepare for the 100% Russian quarter-final
World No. 20 Daria Kasatkina beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2 with a near-flawless baseline game to reach the French Open quarter-finals for the second time in four years.
The Russian beat her opponent in the first and last game to clear the first set in just 41 minutes, and survived a wobble at the start of the second when Giorgi earned two break points in a long game that lasted almost eight minutes.
“Zero mistakes,” Kasatkina said when asked about her game plan. “Camila is a very aggressive player and it’s really difficult to play against her.”
Kasatkina committed only 10 unforced errors in the game which lasted one hour and 20 minutes, against 37 for his opponent, while winning all his points at the net as well as 50% of his break opportunities.
“Conditions today were good and a bit slower so I had a bit more time. I was able to manage the important points,” she said on a sunny but cool morning in Paris.
“At 2-1 from 40-15 (in the second set), I made a technical and tactical error. But I tried to be more focused. Zero errors, as I said.”
Kudermetova defeats Keys in three sets
Madison Keys totally lost control after a brilliant first set as she crashed out at Roland Garros with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 loss to Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova on Monday.
The 22nd seed, who was looking to be the third American in the last eight after Sloane Stephens and Coco Gauff qualified on Sunday, was helpless against her 25-year-old opponent’s heavy forehand.
Keys raced through a one-sided first set and seemed headed for a comfortable win, but Kudermetova started to play with more precision and took command of the second on Philippe Chatrier court.
The Russian relied on her forehand to put Keys on the back foot and found herself serving for the set in no time. Keys saved six set points as Kudermetova showed signs of nervousness.
A big first serve spared her some blushes on the seventh attempt and the Russian carried the momentum all the way to the decider.
A double break gave her a 4-1 lead in just 20 minutes and she easily won the next two games to conclude when Keys made an unforced forehand error.
“I tried to trust myself, to believe. That was my key,” said 29th-seeded Kudermetova, who will face fellow Russian Daria Kasaktina in her first quarter-final in the singles draw. of a major tournament.
“Sometimes I tried to play harder, sometimes with the spin, a little smarter. I did a good job today.”