No.8 seed Ashleigh Barty and No.14 seed Madison Keys have played twice at professional level - but their rivalry stretches back to their junior years. A 15-year-old Barty and 16-year-old Keys played twice in 2011, with the American taking their second-round tilt at the Roehampton Grade 1 event 6-3, 6-4 but Barty gaining a 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4 revenge one week later in the third round of junior Wimbledon - en route to the trophy. As pros, Keys captured their only previous clay meeting 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of Roland Garros 2017, but Barty was a 6-4, 6-1 victor in their most recent encounter, im the first round of Fed Cup this February on indoor hard courts.
Last year's winner Simona Halep is aiming to defend a title for the second time in her career, having previously won Madrid in 2016 and 2017. The No.3 seed's run this week marks the first time she has made three consecutive quarterfinal appearances at any of the Grand Slams; it is her 12th last-eight showing in total, and she is 6-5 at this stage.
At 17 years and nine months, Amanda Anisimova is the youngest Grand Slam quarterfinalist since Belinda Bencic reached the last eight of the 2014 US Open at 17 years and five months. Anisimova, who faces Simona Halep for the first time today, is bidding to become the youngest Grand Slam semifinalist since Nicole Vaidisova's run to the last four of Roland Garros in 2006 at 17 years and one month.
Having now reached the quarterfinals at five of the last seven majors, Madison Keys is aiming to make the semifinals at four of the last seven. In the same period of time, she has reached only two semifinals at non-Slam events - at Charleston in 2018 and 2019. A win for the American would mark her fifth overall Grand Slam semifinal, and a second at Roland Garros following her run last year.
Ashleigh Barty is bidding to make her maiden Grand Slam semifinal, having broken through to her first quarterfinal at the Australian Open in January. A win over Madison Keys would be the Australian's first career Top 20 win on clay, and would also seal Barty's second career semifinal on the terre battue following Strasbourg last year.
Amanda Anisimova is currently the youngest player to hold a Top 10 win - over Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-4 in the third round of Indian Wells last year. In her most recent such encounter, the American stretched Kiki Bertens to 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the second round of Rome three weeks ago.
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Johanna Konta has thrived alongside new coach Dimitri Zavialoff - who says that the Briton had been due a big run, writes Simon Cambers for ESPN.com.
Ashleigh Barty's all-court skills and form have made her a Roland Garros title contender according to legends from Rod Laver to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, writes Walter Longbottom for the Sydney Morning Herald.