Australian Open 2018: Madison Keys cruises through to quarter-finals with comfortable win over Caroline Garcia
Keys could meet Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals if the 21st-seeded German beats Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan.
Melbourne: Madison Keys continued her strong run through the Australian Open draw, returning to the quarter-finals for the first time in three years with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia on Monday.
The US Open finalist is yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park and is averaging a brisk 62.5 minutes on court through her first four rounds.
Coming into the match against Garcia, she had only dropped 14 games — the second-fewest among the women through three rounds, just behind Angelique Kerber's 13 games.
Keys could meet Kerber in the quarterfinals if the 21st-seeded German beats Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan.
Keys is seeded just 17th after undergoing wrist surgery and missing several months on tour last year, but she is playing pain-free again and looking increasingly confident as the tournament goes on.
Keys, the only American woman to reach the fourth round, said she feels like she's playing without pressure since returning from her wrist injury.
"I definitely realize how much l love it and how much pressure I put on myself" in the past, she said. "Just being really happy to be back out here and not at home in a cast."
She's reached her fourth Grand Slam quarterfinal and her first at the Australian Open since her breakout run to the semifinals in 2015 as a 19-year-old.
Keys lost her serve in the opening game of the match against the eighth-seeded Garcia but broke the Frenchwoman five times as she raced through the next two sets. She had 32 winners to just nine for Garcia.
In the men's draw, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic also play for spots in the quarterfinals on Monday. The second-seeded Federer faces Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, while the six-time champion Djokovic meets Hyeon Chung of South Korea.
French tennis federation director-general Amelie Oudea-Castera said potential spectators at the 30 May - 13 June Grand Slam must demonstrate proof that they had a negative PCR or antigen test within 48 hours of attendance, or bear a certificate of vaccination.
Nadal is hoping to clinch a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st major in the French capital next month.
Currently ranked second in doubles and 52nd in singles, Strycova, 35, won the Wimbledon doubles title with Hsieh Su-wei in 2019 and reached the singles semi-finals there the same year, her best Grand Slam results ever.