Consistency has been Key(s) for Madison in ’16

Updated: September 1, 2016

By Richard Kent


NEW YORK — 2016 has proven to be a year of firsts for 21 year old American tennis star, Madison Keys.

She is the first American since Serena Williams in 1999, to break into the Top 10 in women’s tennis. She played the latest women’s match in US Open history Monday night, with her 3-set win over fellow American Alison Riske ending at 1:48 am. And she may be the only player on Tour with 2 parents who are lawyers.

Keys has been heralded as the next hope of American women’s tennis, ever since she won a WTA match at the age of 14. Her wins have piled up since then. Ranked No. 8 in the world, Keys is next eyeing a berth in the top 5.

On Monday night, after a longer than expected Novak Djokovic win, which followed the opening night festivities, Keys had to battle a tough opponent and a shoulder injury, which caused her to call for the trainer, to win, 4-6,7-6,6-2 over Riske. Keys has had much success in Slams.

madison-keys-headerShe has always played well in the Open and made a run to the semis of the Australian Open in 2015. Earlier this month she reached the semis at the Olympics and in the process developed a neck injury, which caused her to drop out of the Ct. Open, much to the chagrin of the New Haven fans.

She is a fan favorite, wherever she plays.   She followed the win up with a resounding 6-1,6-1 win over 16 year old upstart Kayla Day in 48 minutes. She had 25 winners to only 14 unforced errors.

Her two tennis idols are Roger Federer and Venus Williams.

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