August 5, 2015

Promising American Teen Madison Keys Moves into Third Round of Australian Open

Madison Keys (Photo by Erik Gudris) ©Tennis Panorama New

Madison Keys (Photo by Erik Gudris) ©Tennis Panorama News

(January 16, 2013) Seventeen year-old American Madison Keys will be making her first appearance in the third round of major on Friday. Keys dismantled No. 30 Tamira Paszek 6-2, 6-1, closing the match with an ace.

“My serving definitely helped me today,” Keys noted. “In the first set when I got down Love‑40 when I was up 4‑2, I think being able to hold and come back definitely helped me out.”

On top of her serving performance which produced 6 aces, she hit 23 winners in the 56 minute match.

The 105th ranked Keys first picked up a racquet a four,  trained at the Chris Evert Academy  in Boca Raton, Florida and has switched to the local  USTA training center. Keys  gained a place in the Australian  Open main draw when she won the USTA wildcard playoff tournament in December.

The promising Keys who won a pro match at 14 against a top 100 player in 2009, took No. 7 Li Na to three sets last week at the Sydney tournament in the quarterfinals.

“Really, really liked watching Kim Clijsters,” Keys lists as her tennis idol.  “I thought she was very passionate, and I thought her movement was incredible.”

She admits what drew her to the sport,  “the outfits,” she said to media with a smile. She fell in love with Venus Williams’ dress seeing her play on TV.

“Really wanted a tennis dress.  My parents told me that if I played, they would buy me one.  I was like, Hey, I’ll try it.”

Keys who has played in previous Grand Slam events feels composed for this one.  “I feel more prepared for this one,” said Keys. “My first US Open main draw, it was a big stadium and wasn’t really used to it.  But I feel good about this one so far.

Keys will take on fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the third round on Friday.

“I think just really have to focus on playing my game and just worrying about me, “ Keys said about the match-up.  “She’s obviously a good player.  She’s been around and she’s done well the last couple years.

“I think if I just focus on what I’m doing, then it doesn’t really matter.”

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News