PARIS — Serena Williams came back to edge Sloane Stephens 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 and reach the French Open quarterfinals, managing to avoid joining Maria Sharapova on the way out of the tournament Monday.
In a riveting matchup between the last two American women in the draw, the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams overcame her own wildness — she made 43 unforced errors, more than twice as many as Stephens’ 21.
For the third match in a row, Williams dropped the first set thanks to messy play before righting herself.
This season, she is 10-0 in three-set matches, 29-1 overall.
The 40th-ranked Stephens eliminated Williams’ older sister Venus in the first round and was trying to become only the fourth woman to beat both siblings during the same Grand Slam tournament.
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press