Madison Keys vs. Qiang Wang, Zhuhai RR preview + prediction

🇨🇳 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai – RR preview + prediction
🇺🇸 (6) Madison Keys vs. 🇨🇳 (11) Qiang Wang

Madison Keys and Qiang Wang will renew hostilities when they do battle in the final match from the Camelia group in Zhuhai. Keys has had the wood over Wang, the American has won both of the previous matches between the pair, both in straight sets, both on a hard court earlier this year. Keys won her match first match of the week over Daria Kasatkina in straight sets whilst Wang was defeated by Kasatkina in 3 sets, it all comes down to this, Wang will need to win in straight sets to stand a chance of progressing whilst a win for Keys guarantees her place in the semi-finals, Keys can still progress even if she loses.

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I’m going to side with Wang here. Of the two, it is Wang who has been in the far better form of late despite her loss to Kasatkina the other day. Keys did beat Wang in straight sets in both of their previous matches but Wang has improved significantly since then. A tired Kasatkina offered little resistance for Keys, Wang will be a much tougher test. There are still some injury concerns with Keys and I question her ability to get through a tough, physical match, which Wang should be good enough to force. I think Wang has one last fight left in her and will end a great year on a high in front of her home crowd.

Prediction: Qiang Wang to defeat Madison Keys in 3 sets

Daria Kasatkina vs. Madison Keys, Zhuhai RR Preview

WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, Group Stage – Preview
🇷🇺 (1) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇺🇸 (6) Madison Keys

Daria Kasatkina will have the chance to become the first player to secure a place in the semi-finals when she takes on Madison Keys in Zhuhai on Wednesday. Kasatkina claimed an extremely hard-fought 3-set win over Qiang Wang in her Zhuhai debut but will have to overcome a negative record against Madison Keys if she is to secure her place in the final 4, can she do it?

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Daria Kasatkina arrived in Zhuhai on high having won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in her most recent event. Kasatkina’s confidence was evident as she got off to a flying start against Qiang Wang, the match turned into a real battle which is where Kasatkina thrived. The Russian managed to fight back in the deciding set to claim a 6-1 2-6 7-5 win. Kasatkina’s defensive skills overwhelmed Wang, she will need those defensive skills to be on point if she has a chance of beating Keys.

Madison Keys arrives in Zhuhai under a large injury could. Madison’s Asian swing was again totally derailed by injury. Keys got through her first round matches in Wuhan and Beijing before being struck down by injury in the next round on each occasion. It is therefore somewhat surprising that Keys has elected to travel to Zhuhai but no doubt she is here looking to regain some confidence and end the season on a high. Keys will be competing in Zhuhai for the first time since competing in the inaugural event in 2015 where she failed to progress past the group stage.

Keys holds a commanding 3-0 head-to-head record over Kasatkina. A couple of those wins were comfortable straight set wins including a 6-2 6-1 thrashing in Cincinnati in their most recent match.

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Madison Keys vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, US OPEN QF Preview

🇺🇸🗽 US OPEN: QF Preview
🇺🇸 (14) Madison Keys vs. 🇪🇸 (30) Carla Suarez Navarro

Madison Keys will be out to maintain her perfect record over Carla Suarez Navarro when the pair meet at the quarter-final stage of the US Open on Wednesday. Keys reached her first and only Grand Slam final in New York 12 months ago, the American has reached the quarter-finals in 3 of Grand Slams in 2018 but claiming that elusive Grand Slam title is now the task for Keys. Suarez Navarro will be no pushover, the Spaniard is fresh off a big upset win over Maria Sharapova and is arguably playing the best tennis of her career right now.

Madison Keys of the United States in action during her fourth-round match at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Madison Keys rocketed into the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows with a commanding 6-1 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova. Keys played her greatest match of the tournament thus far as she breezed past the Slovakian. Keys was also untroubled in her first few matches in New York as she beat Pauline Parmentier and Bernarda Pera in straight sets. The American’s biggest test was in the third round where she defeated Aleksandra Krunic from a set down, an important win for Keys.

Carla Suarez Navarro has had a much more difficult route to the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows. Carla required 3 sets to get the better of Nicole Gibbs and Kristina Mladenovic in a pair of scrappy performances to start her campaign. The Spaniard claimed an epic third round win over the 6th seeded Caroline Garcia, outlasting the Frenchwoman to win in a third set tiebreak. Suarez Navarro secured her spot in a 7th Grand Slam quarter-final with a dominant 6-4 6-3 win over a wayward Maria Sharapova. Suarez Navarro has never reached the semi-finals at a Grand Slam having lost all 6 of her previous Grand Slam quarter-finals.

Keys holds a perfect 3-0 record over Suarez Navarro. All 3 of those victories required a third set. The most recent match between the two took place at the Rio Olympics in 2016, Keys won that match 6-3 3-6 6-3.

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Madison Keys vs. Pauline Parmentier, US Open R1 Preview

🇺🇸🗽 US OPEN: R1 Preview
🇺🇸 (14) Madison Keys vs. 🇫🇷 Pauline Parmentier

Madison Keys begins her 2018 US Open campaign with what looks like a favourable match-up against Pauline Parmentier. Keys was a runner-up in New York last year, it was an outstanding few weeks for Keys but it all ended in disappointment when she was thrashed in the final, overwhelmed in her first Grand Slam final against Sloane Stephens. It will be interesting to see how Keys responds in her return to New York.

Madison Keys of the United States in action during her quarter-final match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Keys played just 1 event in the lead-up to this year’s U.S Open, much less than her usual schedule. Keys reached the quarter-finals in Cincinnati where she claimed a notable victory against Angelique Kerber from a set and a break down before losing to Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets. Keys has reached the later stages of a Grand Slam on several occasions now, most recently a semi-final showing at Roland Garros earlier this year, the task for Keys is to push on and win a major.

Parmentier also played just 1 event in the lead-up to the final Grand Slam of the year. Parmentier fell at the last hurdle in qualifying in New Haven last week, she received a lucky loser spot in the main draw where she was beaten by Anett Kontaveit in the first round in 3 sets.

The only previous match between the pair took place on clay in Fed Cup tie earlier this year, Keys won in 2 tight sets. This is a match-up that features a real contrast in styles, can the experienced Frenchwoman cause problems for Keys?

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Angelique Kerber vs. Madison Keys, Cincinnati R3 Preview

🇺🇸 Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati R3 Preview
🇩🇪 (4) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇺🇸 (13) Madison Keys

Angelique Kerber and Madison will renew hostilities when they meet at the third round stage of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Kerber has dominated this match-up in the past, the German holds a convincing 7-1 record over the American and therefore enters this match as a strong favourite. Nevertheless, Kerber has looked vulnerable since her Wimbledon triumph so Keys is not without a chance here.

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Angelique Kerber arrived in Cincinnati having not won a match since her Wimbledon triumph last month. It seemed like Kerber would leave Cincinnati winless when she dropped the opening set of her second round match with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, but Kerber rebounded to claim a hard-fought 4-6 7-5 6-4 victory. It was a topsy-turvy match, momentum swung wildly throughout. Ultimately it was Kerber who consistently found a better level in a high quality final set. A significant win for Kerber. Kerber received a bye through the opening round.

Madison Keys also survived a first-up scare in Cincinnati. Keys was down a set and a break against Bethanie Mattek-Sands in her opening round match but remained strong to bounce back and record a 3-6 7-6 6-4 win over a troublesome opponent. Keys produced a much better performance in her second round match as she easily defeated Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-2 to set up another clash with Kerber.

Kerber holds a 7-1 H2H record over Keys. Kerber has won all 6 of the previous meetings between the pair on a hard court, including a 6-1 6-2 thrashing at the Australian Open earlier this year in what was their most recent clash.

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Madison Keys vs. Ajla Tomljanovic, Wimbledon R1 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R1 Preview
🇺🇸 (10) Madison Keys vs. 🇦🇺 Ajla Tomljanovic

Madison Keys faces a potentially tricky early round test at SW19 where she takes on good friend Ajla Tomljanovic at the first round stage. Keys looms as one the contenders at this years championships. The American made it all the way to the semi-finals at Roland Garros, grass is a surface that she is far more comfortable on, if she can replicate her Roland Garros form at Wimbledon she will feature at the pointy end of the event.

Madison Keys of the United States celebrates winning her quarter-final match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Keys has long been touted as a potential winner at Wimbledon. The American is one of the most powerful players on tour, when she is on, she is almost unstoppable on this surface. It is all about consistency for Keys and that is something she has greatly improved on. Keys has reached at least the quarter-final stage in her last 3 Grand Slam appearances.

Tomljanovic played a couple of events on grass before arriving at Wimbledon. The Australian was beaten by Aryna Sabalenka in the second round at ‘s-Hertogenbosch before going through the qualifying draw to reach the quarter-finals in Mallorca where she was beaten by Anastasija Sevastova in 3 sets.

The H2H record between the pair is split at 1 in apiece. The most recent match between the pair took place in Stanford in 2015, Tomljanovic claimed a surprise 1-6 6-4 6-1 victory on that occasion.

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Sloane Stephens vs. Madison Keys, Roland Garros SF Preview

🇫🇷 Roland Garros, SF Preview
🇺🇸 (10) Sloane Stephens vs. 🇺🇸 (13) Madison Keys

Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys will renew hostilities when they meet in Thursday’s second semi-final in Paris. The pair famously last met in last year’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 year’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

🇫🇷 Roland Garros, QF Preview
🇺🇸 (13) Madison Keys vs. 🇰🇿 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

Australian Open 🇦🇺 Quarter-Final Preview
🇺🇸 (17) Madison Keys vs 🇩🇪 (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 Madison’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

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R4 Preview
🇫🇷 (8) Caroline Garcia vs 🇺🇸 (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. Keys’ serve has been broken just twice throughout the event, both of the breaks were in the American’s opening round win over Wang. When Madison’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.