She has but to win a set this yr in opposition to Kasatkina, who’s now into her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, the place she is going to face Sloane Stephens, the No. 10 seed and reigning United States Open champion.
The different quarterfinal in the backside half of the draw will match American Madison Keys, the No. 13 seed, in opposition to Yulia Putintseva, who now represents Kazakhstan after representing Russia earlier in her profession.
None of these 4 younger gamers – all underneath age 26 – has made it this far at the French Open earlier than, which ensures a first-time French Open finalist on Saturday.
Kasatkina, a finalist at the BNP Paribas Open this yr, has crushed all 4 reigning Grand Slam singles champions in the previous 9 months : Jelena Ostapenko, Garbine Muguruza, Stephens and Wozniacki.
And she dealt with a probably difficult scenario with aplomb on Monday. On Sunday evening, her match with Wozniacki was stopped due to darkness at Three-Three in the second set after each gamers had lobbied for a stoppage earlier in the set at 1-1.