Madison Keys (Ranked#14) Beats Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro (ranked#30), in Two
Sets (6-4,6-3) & Advances to SemiFinals of the 2018 US Open….!
NEW YORK(SMIWIRE-09.04-09.09.18)-Madison Keys (WTA,ranked#14), the runner-up of the 2017 US Open women's single championship and the second US women tennis player remaining, beside Serena Williams, in the 2018 US Open Grand Slam, defeated Spaniard, Carla Suarez Navarro,(WTA ranked#30), in two sets (6-4,6-3), of a quater-final match, sending Keys to the semifinals of the 2018 US Open, currently taking place at Billie Jean King Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, NY.
Keys, who reached the finals of the 2017 US Open Women's single championship and lost to fellow American, Sloane Stephens, in two sets (6-3,6-0), will have the opportunity to repeat and get another shot of the title, if she gets to bypass Naomi Osaka, in the semifinal match, taking place on Thursday September 06, at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center.
"I think that I am doing whatever I can to put myself in the position to go deeper into slams. I think I'm feeling more comfortable in those big moments and like matches like tonight.So I think just, you know, training hard the week before and trying to not put too much pressure on myself has really helped me do that."said Madison Keys at Post-Game press conference, when asked about her consistency on winning and reaching the semi-finals.
Madison Keys is from Rock Island, Illinois and currently ranked #14 by the WTA.She has played in one major final at the 2017 US Open, competed at the 2016 WTA Finals.She has won three WTA tournaments, all at the Premier level.
Madison Keys is known for having a big serve and one of the most powerful forehands in the game, Keys has used her aggressive playing style to become one of the leaders of the next generation of American tennis. She debuted in the Top 10 of the WTA rankings in 2016, becoming the first American woman to realize this milestone since Serena Williams seventeen years earlier. When Keys and Stephens faced off against each other in the 2017 US Open Final, they snapped a streak of no American women aside from the Williams sisters appearing in a Grand Slam tournament final since 2005. Keys has also had success on all surfaces, having reached at least the quarterfinal stage of all four Grand Slam tournaments.
Keys reaches the semi-finals with a series of victories over France's Pauline Parmentier in two sets 1Rd(6-4,6-4), compatriot US Bernarda Pera(ranked#94), in two sets 2Rd(6-4,6-1), Serbia's Aleksandra Krunić (ranked#49), in three sets 3Rd(4-6,6-1, 6-2), Slovakia's Dominika Cibulková(ranked#29), in 2 sets 4Rd(6-1,6-3), and
finished victorious in two sets (6-4,6-3 ) over Carla Suarez Navarro (ranked#30),in a difficult match and a steamy day at The Arthur Ashe Stadium.
I"It's definitely important. She does a really good job, especially tonight, of holding the baseline and redirecting the ball. So I knew that I was going to have to play really well but also know that she's going to come up with some great shots and defend really well.So it was more just about staying calm and knowing that she was going to play well and just waiting for my opportunities."said Keys when asked about Carla Suarez-Navarro style of play during the long rallies in trying to get back into the game.
"Well, I think the serve and the returns. I mean, I don't really serve good tonight, and she was returning in pressure situation every time because I don't have a big first service.So, well, I think this was really important part of the game. And also, she was really good with her serve. I mean, I cannot return like I used to, and, well, during the match or during the points, I think we have good rallies, but she was better today. She was more fresh than me. Faster, you know. That's it".Said Suarez Navarro, when asked about what was the turning point of losing the game.