Madison Keys vs. Alize Cornet, US Open R3 Preview

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A third round match-up at Flushing Meadows featuring a huge contrast in styles sees the 7th seeded Madison Keys take on Alize Cornet. Keys has surprisingly beaten Cornet in all 3 of their previous meetings, despite the Frenchwoman having the weapons in her game to make life uncomfortable for Keys, Cornet has been in good form of late and will fancy her chances of causing an upset.

Madison Keys will be aiming to reach the second week at the US Open for the 6th consecutive year. The 2017 runner-up has cruised through her first couple of matches without really being tested, a 6/1 6/1 win over Timea Babos, followed by a 6/2 6/1 win over Aliona Zadoinov. The 7th seed will face her first real test of the tournament against Cornet, a far trickier opponent than her previous opponents this week.

Alize Cornet has already had a good couple of good weeks in New York. Cornet won a couple of matches at the Western & Southern Open, including a straight set win over reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. Cornet started her US Open campaign with a 6/3 1/6 6/0 win over Lauren Davis, followed by a 7/6 6/3 victory over Ysaline Bonaventure. Cornet will be aiming to reach the second week at the US Open for the first time having failed at the third round stage on 4 previous occasions.

Keys holds a 3-0 head-to-head record over Cornet. The most recent match-up between the pair took place at Wimbledon in 2016, Keys won 6/4 5/7 6/2.

I’m going to go for the upset here. I believe this is a troublesome match-up for Keys despite her winning record over the Frenchwoman. Cornet has been playing well over the last few weeks and has the versatility to cause big hitters like Keys to make too many errors. I’m sceptical of Keys heading into this match because she hasn’t been tested in her first few matches and will face a very, very tricky opponent here. I don’t think Keys is prepared for the challenge. Cornet has been moving very well over the last few weeks, if she can get into enough extended rallies, I think she will get the job done.

Prediction: Alize Cornet to defeat Madison Keys in 3 sets
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Madison Keys vs. Timea Babos, US Open R1 Preview

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Madison Keys begins her 2020 US Open campaign with a first round showdown against Hungary’s Timea Babos. Keys, the runner-up at the event in 2017 can look to this year’s decimated draw as an opportunity to go on another deep run a major event. Keys has reached the semi-finals of better at a Grand Slam on 4 previous occasions but is still yet to achieve her ultimate goal in winning a major.

Keys hasn’t had the ideal preparation for this year’s US Open. Keys has competed in just 1 event since the tour restart, an opening round loss to Ons Jabeur at the Western & Southern Open last week. The good news for Keys is that she has a fantastic record at Flushing Meadows. The American has reached the second week at the US Open in each of the last 5 years, including a runner-up appearance in 2017 and a semi-final showing in 2018, her best record at any tournament.

Timea Babos enters this first round clash having not played a match since the start of march. Babos hasn’t been involved in any tournament since the tour resumption, not for singles or doubles. In fact, the 27-year-old hasn’t won a main draw singles match at the tour level in almost 11 months.

Keys holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Babos. The most recent match between the pair took place on clay in Rome back in 2016, Keys won that match 7-6 6-4.

On paper this looks like an easy match for Keys, the 7th seed coming up against a player ranked outside the top 100. However, both have limited form to read heading into this match, both are sure to be rusty, both have powerful games that can be very hit-or-miss. I’ll give Keys the benefit of the doubt given her fantastic record at Flushing Meadows and overall a much better base level over the last 12 months. Don’t expect to see many long rallies in this one.

Prediction: Madison Keys to defeat Timea Babos in 3 sets
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Elina Svitolina vs. Madison Keys, US Open R4 Preview

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A blockbuster round of 16 clash at the US Open sees the 5th seeded Elina Svitolina take on the 10th seeded Madison Keys. This is a huge match for both women, Svitolina and Keys are two of the most accomplished players on tour yet to win a Grand Slam, both have what it takes to go all the way. Keys holds a slight 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Svitolina but it was the Ukrainian who came out on top in their most recent match earlier this year, who will prevail in this critical meeting at Flushing Meadows?

Elina Svitolina has cruised through the first week in New York. Svitolina booked her spot in the fourth round with straight set wins over Whitney Osuigwe, Venus Williams and Dayan Yastremska. Importantly Svitolina has played 3 big-hitters so she is very much prepared to face Keys, granted Keys will be her toughest test yet.

Madison Keys is one of the form players on tour right now. Keys is on a 9-match winning streak having arrived in New York fresh from winning the title in Cincinnati. Keys moved through the first week in New York without dropping a set, straight set wins over Misaki Doi, Lin Zhu and Sofia Kenin saw her through to the round of 16. The bad news for Keys is that she was struggling physically during her 6-3 7-5 win over Sofia Kenin, it’s hard to know what to expect from Keys in the next round.

Madison Keys has won 2 of the 3 meetings between the pair, one of which was via retirement. Keys defeated Svitolina at the US Open in 2017, a 3 set victory. Most recently it was Svitolina who prevailed 6-2 1-6 6-1 at the round of 16 stage at the Australian Open earlier this year.

I’m going to side with Svitolina here. Svitolina has cruised through her 3 matches and seems to be in perfect shape heading into the second week of the tournament. Keys may be on a 9-match winning streak but it seems this is where her run comes to an end, Keys was suffering physically in her latest match and seems due for a bad match. This is a bad matchup for Keys, the American generally struggles against the best counter-punchers on tour, Svitolina falls into this category. I don’t think Keys will be able to produce a clinical enough performance to get the better of a rock-solid Svitolina.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Madison Keys in 2 sets

Ashleigh Barty vs. Madison Keys, Roland Garros QF Preview

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Ash Barty and Madison Keys continue their respective quests for a maiden Grand Slam title when the pair do battle at the quarter-final stage at Roland Garros on Wednesday. This is set to be an intriguing contest between two players at very similar stages in their careers. Barty and Keys were both seen as players on the cusp of breaking through to claim a major title heading into Paris, now the opportunity presents itself to the pair to grab that first major in Paris.

Madison Keys of the United States in action during her fourth-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Ash Barty stormed through the first week in Paris without dropping a set. The 8th seed claimed straight set wins over Jessica Pegula, Danielle Collins and Andrea Petkovic in week 1 of the tournament. Barty’s first slight scare came in the fourth round where she was forced into a deciding set by Sofia Kenin. Barty was up to the challenge against a dangerous opponent as she cruised to a 6-3 3-6 6-0 victory. Barty has now reached back-to-back Grand Slam quarter-finals in 2019 having entered the season without reaching the final 8 of a major.

Madison Keys is through to the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam for the 7th time in her career and for the second consecutive year in Paris. Keys started her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with an easy straight set win over Evgeniya Rodina before battling past Priscilla Hon and Anna Blinkova in 3 sets. Keys produced her best performance of the tournament thus far in a 6-2 6-4 victory over Katerina Siniakova to secure her spot in the final 8.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. It was Barty who won the most recent match between the pair earlier this year, a fairly comfortable 6-4 6-1 victory on a hard court in a Fed Cup tie. It was Keys who won their only previous match on a clay court, a 6-3 6-2 victory at Roland Garros in 2017.

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Madison Keys vs. Destanee Aiava, Australian Open R1 Preview

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Madison Keys will be in action for the first time in 2019 when she takes on Destanee Aiava first up on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday. Interestingly, Keys is one of few players that did not play a lead-up tournament to the Australian Open, it is therefore hard to know what to expect from Keys over the next fortnight. One thing is for sure, at her best, Keys is a threat to anyone.

Madison Keys has a good recent record at Melbourne Park, the young American made it to the quarter-finals last year, her best previous effort in Melbourne was in 2015 where she made it all the way to the semi-finals. Keys has made it to at least the quarter-final stage of all 4 Grand Slams, the challenge for Keys in 2019 is to go all the way and claim a maiden Grand Slam title. Can she do it?

Standing in Madison’s way first-up in Melbourne is local wild card: Destanee Aiava. Unlike Keys, Aiava has played a lot of tennis over the last month. Aiava’s summer started early at the Australian Open wild card playoff where she suffered a first round loss in singles but successfully won a wild card into the doubles main draw. Aiava had a great week in Brisbane where she won 3 matches in the qualifying draw before defeating Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets. Aiava’s run ended at the hands of Naomi Osaka. Most recently Aiava was in Sydney where she lost in the first round of qualifying to Yulia Putintseva in straight sets.

This will be the first career meeting between Keys and Aiava, can the young Aussie challenge Keys?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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