Stanford R2: (7) Madison Keys vs Ajla Tomljanovic
The pick of the second round matches at the 2015 Bank of the West Classic sees Madison Keys take on Ajla Tomljanovic in a battle of two of the tours most talented rising stars. This is an exciting match-up between two extremely powerful opponents, we can expect to see some cracking first strike tennis on the zippy Stanford courts.
Madison Keys advanced to the second round courtesy of a convincing 6-3 6-0 victory over Aleksandra Krunic, avenging her loss to the Serb at last year’s U.S Open. It was an impressive first up performance by Keys in her first competitive match since her quarter-final showing at Wimbledon. Keys was superb in the first half of the season, particularly at the Grand Slam level and will be looking to continue that form in the United States and perhaps reach her first WTA Finals campaign.
Ajla Tomljanovic will enter this match full of momentum, Tomljanovic won the last 12 games in her 3-6 6-0 6-0 first round victory over Vitalia Diatchenko. Tomljanovic has failed to fire in season 2015, the second half of the season could be career defining for the talented Australian.
In their only previous encounter, Madison Keys prevailed in an extremely tight match 6-0 3-6 7-6 in the second round at the Sydney International last year.
Keys will enter this match as the strong favourite on the back of her superior form. However there is very little to separate these two. Both ladies possess big serves, Madison’s serve is more effective and more reliable. Tomljanovic possess greater variety from the baseline, and could pose a massive threat to Keys if she serves well.
This should be a really tight match, I fancy an upset here.
Prediction: Ajla Tomljanovic to defeat Madison Keys in 3 sets