Stephens-Keys QF at Volvo Open
Arthur Kapetanakis | April 5, 2019
Every Friday throughout the 2019 season, "Weekend Warriors" will spotlight the Americans who have advanced to the business end of ATP, WTA and USTA Pro Circuit tournaments. Stay tuned to see who is still standing heading into the weekend and where to watch their trophy chase.
Three of the Top 4 Americans in the WTA Rankings are into the Volvo Car Open quarterfinals, with world No. 8 Sloane Stephens, No. 18 Madison Keys and No. 34 Danielle Collins all advancing on the green clay in Charleston, S.C., this week.
The Friday slate is headlined by a rematch of the 2017 US Open women's singles final, with Stephens, the tournament’s top seed, set to face the eighth-seeded Madison Keys at 3:30 p.m. ET. The two have squared off three times in their careers (they also met at the 2015 Miami Open and in the 2018 French Open semis), with Stephens winning all six sets they’ve played.ADVERTISEMENT
Collins, seeded No. 11, will face 2016 Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig in Friday's quarterfinal round. Of the three remaining Americans, the UVA grad is the only one not to drop a set on the week. She has also played one more match than her compatriots, as Stephens and Keys earned first-round byes as Top-8 seeds.
At the ITF World Tennis Tour W80 event in Palm Harbor, Fla., the top-seeded Nicole Gibbs and No. 4 Whitney Osuigwe are in opposite quarterfinals and could be on course for a Sunday final showdown at the USTA Pro Circuit event.
Americans are finding success at the ITF WTT W25 event in Jackson, Miss., as well, where No. 2 seed Ann Li joins Hanna Chang and Katie Volynets in Round 2. Both the second round and the quarterfinals will be played on Friday in Jackson, after rain halted play on Thursday.