Swiatek on course for Madrid-Rome double; facing Keys in the quarters

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ROME — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek remains on course for a Madrid-Rome double after beating Angelique Kerber to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals. Swiatek needed eight set points to secure the opener but had no such problems at the end of the second. She sealed a 7-5, 6-3 victory on the first match point. The two-time Rome champion will next face Madison Keys after the American player eased past Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-1 in a match that had to be temporarily suspended because of a protest by environmentalists. Both of the Madrid finalists are out of the men's tournament after Andrey Rublev and Felix Auger-Aliassime lost their third-round matches.


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