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French Open 2019, Day 10: Match Points

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Johanna Konta takes a 2-0 head-to-head lead into her match with 2018 Roland Garros runner-up Sloane Stephens. Both of their meetings have occurred this year, with Konta triumphing in straight sets in the first round of Brisbane (on hardcourt), and in three sets on clay in Rome just last month. Konta’s 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-1 win over Stephens in Rome took two and a half hours to complete.

Read more: ‘I would love to be here till the end’ – Konta conquers rival Vekic, reaches first Roland Garros quarterfinal

Konta was 0-4 in Roland Garros main draw appearances coming into this year, but has now leveled that record to 4-4. Stephens, on the other hand, is 24-7 in Paris, having reached the fourth round or better in six of the last eight years.

Konta became the first British woman into the third round at Roland Garros since Jo Durie in 1992, and the first British woman into the fourth round and quarterfinals in Paris since 1983, when Durie reached the semifinals and Anne Hobbs made the round of 16. Konta is trying to match Durie’s final four run in 1983 and become the first British semifinalist since then as well.

Read more: ‘I knew I just had to hang in there’: Stephens subdues Muguruza to book French Open quarterfinal

Stephens is one of three American women to reach the quarterfinals this fortnight, alongside Madison Keys and Amanda Anisimova. This is the most in Paris since 2004, when Jennifer Capriati, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams all made that stage.

Both Petra Martic and Marketa Vondrousova will be contesting their first Grand Slam quarterfinal. Martic is 4-0 against Vondrousova, all of those meetings coming within the last two years. Martic won their only clay-court meeting in April, which she called “the best day of my career” — she defeated Vondrousova in the final to win her first-ever WTA singles title in Istanbul.

Vondrousova is one of two teenagers to reach the quarterfinals in Paris (alongside Amanda Anisimova), which is the most here since 2009, when Victoria Azarenka and Sorana Cirstea both reached the quarterfinals. The Czech left-hander also boasts a sterling 25-5 record following the Australian Open, which is the most wins during that timeframe.

Read more: Vondrousova vaults past Sevastova into maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal in Paris

Martic is the WTA clay-court match-win leader so far this year — her fourth-round win over Kaia Kanepi was her 15th on the surface in 2019. She is also the first Croatian woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the 2017 Australian Open, and first to do so in Paris since 1997 Roland Garros champion Iva Majoli got back into the elite eight in 1998.

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