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French Open: American Shelby Rogers, Andy Murray move into quarterfinals

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French Open: American Shelby Rogers, Andy Murray move into quarterfinals
American Shelby Rogers hits a shot during her fourth round women's match against Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania at Roland Garros in Paris on May 29, 2016. Rogers defeated Begu 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

American Shelby Rogers, ranked 108th in the world, reached her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal in the French Open on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Rogers, a Charleston, S.C., native, beat Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-3, 6-4. Next up for Rogers is Garbine Muguruza, the No. 4 seed.

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Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals for the 20th time in his past 21 Grand Slam tournaments. The second seed and world No. 2 from Scotland handled the big serve of John Isner to beat the 15th-seeded American 7-6 (9), 6-4, 6-3.

Rogers hit 15 winners and nine fewer unforced errors than Begu, who only hit 12 winners in two sets.

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Rogers has been the Cinderella story of the tournament in Paris, beating No. 17 seed Karolina Pliskova in the first round, Elena Vesnina in the second and No. 10 Petra Kvitova in the third round.

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"I keep reminding myself to play one point at a time and that this is just another tennis match," Rogers said in her post-match press conference. "But that's getting a little bit harder to do as the rounds get farther.

"But I'm very happy with the way I played, and I just hope to continue it."

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Muguruza of Spain swept into her third straight Roland Garros quarterfinal after outplaying 2009 champion and No. 13 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-3, 6-4.

"I do think it's a very good win, because I played her before. It was a very hard match," Muguruza said. "Well, she's obviously a champion here. She knows how to win this tournament, and she has a lot of experience and is a very tough player. So being in quarterfinals again, it's great."

Two other fourth-round women's singles matches involving seeded players got started Sunday but were not completed before play was halted for the day.

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No. 2-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska leads Tzvetana Pironkova 6-2, 3-0, and sixth-seeded Simona Halep leads 21st-seeded Samantha Stosur 5-3. Both matches are scheduled to be completed Monday.

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On the men's side, Murray made it to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the sixth time. He has lost in the semifinals the last two years.

Murray, a two-time major champion, has now won in straight sets twice in a row after needing five sets to get through each of his first two matches.

In the opening-set tiebreaker on Sunday, Isner held three set points at 6-5 on his serve, and at 7-6 and 9-8 on Murray's. But the 6-foot-10 Isner failed to convert any of them.

"It was a very important tie-break to win," Murray said. "I got lucky on his first set point when I guessed right on a short forehand."

No. 3 seed and defending champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland beat No. 22 seed Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-2 for a place in the quarterfinals.

"It's a great victory for me," Wawrinka said. "I was trying to just stay calm with myself, find my game all over the match. I managed to play better, I managed to find solutions."

Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain knocked off No. 8 seed Milos Raonic of Canada 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. The 55th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas is in the quarterfinals of a major for the first time, having never made it past the second round in 18 previous Grand Slam tournaments.

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Murray will next face No. 9 Richard Gasquet of France, who beat fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. It is the first time Gasquet has reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, much to the delight of the French crowd.

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