French Open 2018: Sloane Stephens to face Madison Keys in semi-final

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French Open: Serena Williams pulls out with injury before Maria Sharapova match
The Spaniard was up in the opening set of her match against Lesia Tsurenko when the Ukrainian retired hurt. How to get involved in just about any sport or activity. How to get into tennis - it's fun, will keep you fit and caters for all levels and abilities. Live Scores Results Calendar Video. Sloane Stephens to face Madison Keys in semi-final. But six matches in six days - after just four in the previous 16 months - appears to have taken its toll.

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Analysis and opinion from the BBC's tennis correspondent. How to get into tennis - it's fun, will keep you fit and caters for all levels and abilities. Find your nearest court and learn the basics with our guide. Get the latest tennis headlines sent straight to your phone, sign-up to our newsletter and learn where to find us on online. Live Scores Results Calendar Video. Sloane Stephens to face Madison Keys in semi-final. French Open Venue: French Open Read more on French Open.

Marco Cecchinato shocks Novak Djokovic to reach semi-finals. Thiem beats injured Zverev to reach semi-finals 5 Jun From the section Tennis Read more on Thiem beats injured Zverev to reach semi-finals. Marco Cecchinato beats Novak Djokovic in quarter-finals. The Spaniard was up in the opening set of her match against Lesia Tsurenko when the Ukrainian retired hurt.

The possibility of Williams facing Sharapova had been grabbing attention since the draw was made at Roland Garros 10 days ago. And the meeting of the two former champions, both making comebacks at Roland Garros this year, was set up when Williams beat Gorges shortly after Sharapova beat Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova.

Williams has recently returned after giving birth to daughter Olympia in September, while 28th seed Sharapova is back in the draw after being refused a wildcard last year as she returned from a month drugs ban. The pair have had a frosty relationship since they first met on court in , although Williams said in her pre-match news conference on Saturday that she did not have any "negative feelings" towards the Russian.

There has not been much of a rivalry on court in recent years, Williams having won 19 of their 21 meetings. Both of Sharapova's wins came in - including that year's Wimbledon final. Williams had been in astoundingly good form in the first week, but footage of the final set of Sunday's doubles - which she and sister Venus lost - showed Serena rolling in a number of slow first serves.

The three-time champion chose to play doubles as well as singles because she knew she needed matches under her belt. But six matches in six days - after just four in the previous 16 months - appears to have taken its toll. A pectoral injury is most commonly associated with overuse. Tuesday's MRI scan will reveal more, but if there is no serious damage, then Wimbledon may still be very much within Williams' sights.

There are still four weeks to go, and not being able to play a grass-court warm-up event beforehand should not be a concern: Analysis and opinion from the BBC's tennis correspondent.

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Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app. Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open before her fourth-round match with Maria. Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app. US Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Daria Kasatkina to reach a first French Open semi-final.