Caroline Wozniacki tumbles out of French Open with defeat by Daria Kasatkina

Caroline Wozniacki tumbles out of French Open with defeat by Daria Kasatkina”

The pair had returned to Roland Garros on Monday (Monday night NZ Time) to resume a match suspended by darkness on Sunday night.

World No 1 Simona Halep earlier blazed into the quarter-finals with a crushing 6-2 6-1 victory over Belgian Elise Mertens 6-2 6-1.

And the 21-year-old outlasted the second seed to claim a break to lead 5-3 upon their return to court before serving it out to secure the biggest win of her career.

Kasatkina has reached the quarterfinals for the first time at any major, and she will next play U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.

Halep lost this year's Australian Open final to Wozniacki.

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"It was not that easy, she is a tough opponent", said Halep, who is chasing her maiden Grand Slam title.

Later Monday, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will face five-time major victor Maria Sharapova. "I was a bit nervous at the start of the match but I played my best match here at Roland Garros". She didn't miss one ball, and she was playing very close to the lines.

"I need to be more aggressive and try to finish the points because I don't hit so many winners". The 26-year-old Romanian will next face either two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber or Caroline Garcia.

Runner-up to Stephens at Flushing Meadows previous year, Keys was the first woman through to the quarters after ending Mihaela Buzarnescu's inspired run with a 6-1 6-4 victory over the Romanian.

And she handled a potentially tricky situation with aplomb on Monday.

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