Keys advances in an Open thriller

Updated: September 3, 2016

By Richard Kent


NEW YORK — One tests the mettle of an athlete during adversity. That was never more evident than Friday at the US Open when no. 8 seed and American, Madison Keys battled back from a 5-1 deficit in the 3rd set to put away Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka, 7-5,4-6,7-6.
Keys got off to a fast start, winning 88 percent of her fist serves en route to the first set win. Osaka, also with a big serve battled back and won the second easily.
The huge crowd was firmly behind the American, but Osaka played powerful tennis in the third set and it looked like the 21-year-old Keys would fall to the no. 81 seed.
Keys brought it to 5-4, with her opponent serving. Osaka played some loose forehand points and the match was knotted.
Keys had no trouble in the tiebreaker.
Many commentators have compared Keys’ game to that of Serena Williams, highlighted by a big serve. A high compliment for sure.
Survive and thrive and that is what Keys did.
She will be back in action tomorrow against Caroline Wozniacki, who has had a difficult tennis year, but whose form this week is more similar to when she was no. 1 in the world in 2010.

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