Sloane Stephens vs. Madison Keys, Roland Garros SF Preview

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (10) Sloane Stephens vs. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (13) Madison Keys

Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys will renew hostilities when they meet in Thursdayโ€™s second semi-final in Paris. The pair famously last met in last yearโ€™s U.S Open final, an unexpected match-up that ended in a comfortable victory for Stephens. Indeed, Stephens has won both of their previous matches, both in straight sets, can Keys finally put her game together against Stephens?

Madison Keys of the United States in action during her quarter-final match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Sloane Stephens has generally been untroubled on route to the final 4 in Paris. Stephens started the event with comfortable straight set wins over Arantxa Rus and Magdalena Frech. It was in the third round where Stephens faced her greatest test, a 4-6 6-1 8-6 win over Camila Giorgi. Stephens was on the verge of defeat on several occasions against Giorgi as the Italian twice served for the match in the third set. Stephens has seemingly benefited from her tight win over Giorgi having cruised through her next two matches, a 6-2 6-0 victory over Anett Kontaveit and 6-3 6-1 over Daria Kasatkina book her spot in the semi-finals in Paris for the first time.

Madison Keys will also be competing in the semi-finals in Paris for the first time. Keys is yet to drop a set on route to the final 4, navigating her way through the first week with wins over Sachia Vickery, Caroline Dolehide and Naomi Osaka. Keys battled past a couple of tricky opponents to secure a semi-final showdown with Stephens, a 6-1 6-4 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu and a 7-6 6-4 win over Yulia Putintseva, two mature victories for Keys against opponents with awkward playing styles.

As mentioned above it is Stephens who holds a perfect 2-0 head-to-head record over Keys. Stephens thrashed Keys in last yearโ€™s U.S Open final, a 6-3 6-0 victory in what was a pretty noncompetitive match. Stephens also beat Keys 6-4 6-2 in Miami in 2015.

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Madison Keys vs. Yulia Putintseva, Roland Garros QF Preview

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (13) Madison Keys vs. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟย Yulia Putintseva

The 13th seeded Madison Keys will come up against Yulia Putintseva in what looms as an interesting quarter-final clash on Tuesday. What makes this match-up a fascinating one is the huge contrast in styles between the pair, the ultra-aggressive, powerful game of Keys up against the all-court game and extreme speed of Putintseva. Keys enters this match as a strong favourite but it is Putintseva who is more comfortable on clay and has beaten Keys in the past, can the Kazakh cause another big upset?

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in action during her fourth-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Madison Keys has now reached the quarter-final stage at every Grand Slam event. The American is making a habit of rising to the occasion at the biggest events having reached at least the quarter-final stage in the last 3 Grand Slam events. Keys has rocketed into the final 8 in Paris without dropping a set. Keys blasted through the first week with wins over Sachia Vickery, Caroline Dolehide and Naomi Osaka. Keys booked her spot in the quarter-finals with a commanding 6-1 6-4 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Yulia Putintseva is into a second Grand Slam quarter-final having emulated her run to the final 8 in Paris in 2016. It has been an awesome effort from Putintseva who arrived in Paris in pretty poor form. Yulia started the event with a straight set wins over the 22nd seeded Johanna Konta and Jennifer Brady before coming from a set and a double break down and saving multiple match points to defeat Qiang Wang in 3 sets. Yulia secured her spot in the final 8 with a 6-4 6-3 victory over the 26th seeded Barbora Strycova in what was a very mature performance.

Interestingly it was Putintseva who won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-3 3-6 7-6 victory in Tokyo in 2016.

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Madison Keys vs Angelique Kerber, Australian Open QF Preview

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (17) Madison Keys vs ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช (21) Angelique Kerber

Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber will renew hostilities when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Kerber has dominated this match-up in recent times, the German has won the last 4 meetings between the pair and overall has won 6 of their 7 meetings. Kerber is in imperious form to start the new year, Kerber heads into this quarter-final clash on an unbeaten 13 match winning streak in 2018. However, if anyone can stop Kerber, perhaps it is an red-hot Keys who has stormed through the draw without dropping a set.

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Madison Keys has wasted little time in reaching the final 8 in Melbourne. Keys is yet to drop a set this week and has rarely even been challenged in a set. Keys has conceded an average of 4.75 games per match heading into the quarter-final stage. The American has claimed wins over Qiang Wang, Ekaterina Alexandrova, Ana Bogdan and Caroline Garcia. It was Madisonโ€™s fourth round 6-3 6-2 demolition of the 8th seeded Caroline Garcia that was her most impressive performance of the tournament.

Angelique Kerber is undoubtedly the form player on tour right now. Kerber cruised into the second week at Melbourne Park with straight set wins over Anna-Lena Friedsam, Donna Vekic and Maria Sharapova. It was at the fourth round stage where Kerber faced her greatest challenge thus far, surprisingly against Su-Wei Hsieh. Kerber struggled against an inspired opponent for the first set and half but ultimately got on top of Hsieh courtesy of a fierce determination and willingness to go for her shots under pressure, Kerber won 4-6 7-5 6-2. Perhaps this as the tough test Kerber needed to move on to achieve the ultimate glory in Melbourne for a second time.

Kerber has got the better of Keys time and time again. Kerber holds a 6-1 record over the American which includes winning the last 4 matches between the pair. Kerber has won all 5 of the previous matches between the pair on a hard court including a 6-3 6-3 victory in Singapore in 2016 in their most recent match.

Caroline Garcia vs Madison Keys, Australian Open R4 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท (8) Caroline Garcia vs ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (17) Madison Keys

An exciting fourth round match-up at Melbourne park sees Caroline Garcia take on Madison Keys in what is a fascinating battle between two players on the rise. Garcia and Keys have had contrasting passages to the second week in Melbourne. Garcia has had to battle through all three of her matches, two of those wins were in 3 sets. whilst Keys has cruised through her matches, all in straight sets. The pair both have powerful, flashy games, Garcia is a bit more versatile but Keys has more firepower. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this one.

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Caroline Garcia is into the fourth round stage at Melbourne Park for the very first time. Garcia came into the event with some question marks surrounding her fitness after she retired from her opening round match in Brisbane and did play another event before heading down to Melbourne. Nevertheless, Garcia has battled her way though some very tough matches. Garcia started the week with a 7-5 6-3 win over Carina Witthoeft before fighting from a set down to defeat Market Voundrosova 6-7 6-2 8-6 in extreme heat. Garcia secured her first appearance in the second week at Melbourne Park by beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3 5-7 6-2. Garcia is clearly still confident in important moments after all her success late last year, the 24-year-old has raised her level at every important moment throughout the first week in Melbourne.

Madison Keys has cruised into the fourth round at the Australian Open without dropping a set. Keys stared the week with a 6-1 7-5 win over Qiang Wang in what loomed as a tough opening round match-up. Keys then produced a sublime performance to beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-0 6-1. Madison was given a tough test in the third round where she got past Ana Bogdan 6-3 6-4. Keysโ€™ serve has been broken just twice throughout the event, both of the breaks were in the Americanโ€™s opening round win over Wang. When Madisonโ€™s serve is firing she is extremely dangerous.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Most recently it was Keys who won 6-3 6-4 win Wuhan in 2016.

Madison Keys vs Qiang Wang, Australian Open R1 Preview

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(17) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Madison Keys vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Qiang Wang

An interesting opening round clash at Melbourne Park sees Madison Keys come up against Chinaโ€™s Qiang Wang. Madison Keys is one of many serious contenders to claim a maiden Grand Slam title in 2018. Keys came agonizingly close to winning that maiden Grand Slam title in 2017 when she reached the final at the U.S Open. Keys is yet to win a match since reaching the U.S Open final and will face a tough early test in Melbourne against Wang, a very solid, consistent opponent.

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Madison Keys was unable to compete at the Australian Open in 2017 due to injury. Keys will be excited to be back in Melbourne, the scene of her first major breakthrough at a Grand Slam. Keys made it through to the semi-finals at Melbourne Park in 2015. Keys does not have good form heading into this event having not won a competitive match for months. There is no doubt that Madisonโ€™s best tennis is up there with the best, however her worst tennis is bad enough to make her vulnerable at these early stages of the first Grand Slam of the year.

Qiang Wang played in just 1 event in the lead up to Melbourne. Wang suffered a surprise opening round loss in Shenzhen, beaten by Alison Riske in straight sets. The quick hard courts in Melbourne should favour the game of Wang, the Chinese woman has struggled on the big stage and would like to change that in 2018. A match with Keys in the opening round in Melbourne is the perfect opportunity for Wang to claim a big scalp at a major event.

Madison Keys vs Sloane Stephens, U.S Open Final Preview + Prediction

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๐Ÿ† (15) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Madison Keys vs ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Sloane Stephens

The new generation is here! Two African American women are into the final of the U.S Open, neither of them named Williams. Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens will square off for the final Grand Slam title of 2017 at Flushing Meadows, a maiden Grand Slam title is up for grabs, it will be a life changing moment for the winner. No one could have predicted this final at the start of the tournament, Keys and Stephens both brought good form into New York but both have only just recently returned to competitive actions after frustrating injury setbacks.

After all the setbacks, both will leave everything out on the court on Saturday in what should be a highly competitive final. This match-up will features an interesting contrast in styles, the extreme power of Keys up against the incredible athleticism of Stephens. it was Sloane Stephens won the only previous match between the pair in straight sets in Miami of 2015. Who will step up and rise to the occasion?

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Madison Keys vs Elise Mertens, U.S Open R1 Preview

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(15) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Madison Keys vs ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Elise Mertens

Madison Keys and Elise Mertens will begin the night session on Arthur Ashe stadium on Tuesday evening at the opening round stage of the U.S Open. Madison Keys enters the final Grand Slam of the year in the best physical shape that she has been in heading into a major tournament in a long time. Keys has been struggling with shoulder issues for a while but seemed to finally be close to full strength during the U.S Open series events. Madisonโ€™s first round opponent will be no pushover, Mertens is fresh off a great week in New Haven where she came through the qualifying draw to reach the semi-final stage.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Madison Keys, Cincinnati R3 Preview

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(4) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs (16) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Madison Keys

The match of the day at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday sees the reining Wimbledon Champion: Garbine Muguruza, come up against a resurgent Madison Keys. Garbine Muguruza has made a decent start to the U.S Open series, the Spaniard has backed up well after claiming her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last month. Madison Keys is one of the form players on tour at the moment having won the title in Stanford a few weeks ago and beating two tough opponents to reach the third round in Cincinnati. This looms as a tough battle between two ladies playing great tennis at the moment.

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Madison Keys vs Lesia Tsurenko, Stanford QF Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Madison Keys vs (7) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Lesia Tsurenko

A fascinating quarter-final clash at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford sees the highest ranked American Madison Keys come up against the seventh seeded Lesia Tsurenko. Madison Keys has had an injury plagued season and will be hoping to gain confidence and match fitness during the early tournaments of the U.S Open series before heading to New York for the final Grand Slam of the year. Keys was rusty in her opening clash and will face her first real test on Friday when she takes on the consistent Lesia Tsurenko.

Madison Keys of the United States in action during the second round of the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

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Madison Keys vs Ashleigh Barty, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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(12) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Madison Keys vs ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Ashleigh Barty

An Intriguing first round clash at Roland Garros sees the 12th seeded Madison Keys come up against an in form Ashleigh Barty. Madison Keys has had an injury-interrupted start to the year and has been unable to find form in the lead up to the second Grand Slam of the year. Conversely, Ashleigh Barty is playing the best tennis of her career and continues to rise up the rankings, making for an intriguing contest in Paris.

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