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?? (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.
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?