Madison Keys

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Madison Keys
Madison Keys (17968718374).jpg
Keys during the 2015 Madrid Open
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Born (1995-02-17) February 17, 1995 (age 22)
Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro February 17, 2009
Plays Right handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Lindsay Davenport (2014–2015, 2017-)
Thomas Högstedt (2015–2016)
Prize money $ 3,080,062
Career record 191–107 (64.09%)
Career titles 2 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 7 (10 October 2016)
Current ranking No. 14 (12 June 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2015)
French Open 4R (2016)
Wimbledon QF (2015)
US Open 4R (2015, 2016)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (2016)
Olympic Games SF – 4th (2016)
Career record 14–22
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 115 (September 22, 2014)
Current ranking No. 232 (May 9, 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
French Open 3R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 2R (2012)
Last updated on: June 18, 2016.

Madison Keys (born February 17, 1995) is an American professional tennis player. She has won two WTA Premier grass court tournaments, and is the first American woman to debut in the Top 10 since Serena Williams in 1999, seventeen years earlier.[1] As of May 2017, she was ranked world no. 10 in singles and was the second-highest ranked American player overall behind Serena Williams.

Since the age of 9, Keys has been part of the Chris Evert Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. She is one of the youngest tennis players to win a match on the WTA Tour, at the age of 14 years and 48 days, by beating world No. 81 Alla Kudryavtseva at the 2009 MPS Group Championships.

Tennis career[edit]

2009–12: Early career[edit]

During her early years, Keys played mostly on the ITF tour, where she won three titles in singles and one in doubles.

Keys holding the winner's trophy after she won the 2011 US Open Wildcard Playoff

Keys' first appearance on the WTA Tour came at the 2009 Ponte Vedra Beach Championships, where she received a wildcard into the main draw. She beat world no. 81 Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round, but she was then defeated by top seed Nadia Petrova in straight sets. In July 2009, Keys played World Team Tennis as a member of the Philadelphia Freedoms. Still only 14 years old, she beat reigning Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in women's singles by a score of 5–1.[2]

In 2011, Keys won a spot in her first US Open by beating Beatrice Capra in the finals of an eight-player wildcard playoff. Keys won her first match, beating fellow American Jill Craybas, but then lost in three sets to world #27 Lucie Šafářová.

In 2012, Keys won another wildcard competition amongst American players, this time for the 2012 Australian Open. However, she then lost in the first round to 2010 semi-finalist, Zheng Jie.

2013: Rising star[edit]

After losing in qualifying at her first event in Auckland, Keys reached the quarterfinals at a WTA event for the first time in 2013 Apia International Sydney, defeating Lucie Šafářová and Zheng Jie, avenging earlier Grand Slam losses to both players. She then lost to world #6 Li Na in three close sets. At the 2013 Australian Open, Keys beat Casey Dellacqua and 30th seed Tamira Paszek, before bowing out to 5th seed Angelique Kerber

After reaching the second round in both Indian Wells and Miami, Keys reached the quarterfinals in Charleston before losing to Venus Williams. Keys then claimed her first top ten win in 2013 Mutua Madrid Open Madrid, avenging her Sydney loss to Li Na, before losing to Anabel Medina Garrigues in the second round. Keys completed her clay court season at the 2013 French Open, winning her debut match at the event over Misaki Doi before losing to Monica Puig in straight sets.

Moving on the grass court season, Keys reached the quarterfinals at the Aegon Classic, beating Lesia Tsurenko, Jamie Hampton and Mona Barthel, before falling to Magdaléna Rybáriková. She later reached the third round at Wimbledon, before falling to world #4 Agnieszka Radwańska in three sets.

During the US hardcourt season, Keys won main draw matches at Stanford and Washington DC, but was defeated in the first round at the US Open by Jelena Janković. Keys finished her year at the HP Open in Osaka, and reached her first WTA semifinal, before losing to eventual champion Samantha Stosur. After a successful year on the tour, Keys finished 2013 ranked 37, an improvement of 112 places from 2012.

2014: First WTA title[edit]

Keys started the season reaching her first Premier semifinal in Sydney, cruising past Simona Halep in the process, but eventually losing to Angelique Kerber. At the Australian Open, Keys lost to Zheng Jie in the second round, after dropping a double break advantage in the final set. Until May, Keys had only once won back-to-back matches. It was in Miami, when she reached the third round, losing to Li Na, despite serving and having three set points to take a one set lead. In the Strasbourg she reached the semifinal, where she lost to Monica Puig in straight sets. At the French Open she lost in the first round to tenth seed and clay court specialist Sara Errani in three tight sets.

Keys won her first singles title at the Premier event in Eastbourne, beating two top ten players, first Jelena Janković and then Angelique Kerber in a three set final. At the Wimbledon Championships Keys followed that form to reach the third round, taking revenge on Puig for her earlier loss, and then beating 31st seed Klára Koukalová. Her run came to an end in the third round, when she was forced to retire against Yaroslava Shvedova before a second set tiebreak due to a leg injury.[3]

She took a two-week hiatus from tennis to focus on rehabbing her leg. Keys lost her opener in her first tournament back, in the Washington, D.C., before playing two matches at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. In Cincinnati she beat an in-form Alizé Cornet,[4] before pushing Maria Sharapova to three sets in the second round. At the US Open Keys was seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam, at number 27, but had a disappointing second round loss to Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunić, a match where both players had won the same amount of points.

Keys played four events in Asia, but didn't mark good results. Namely, she won only two matches at the first three events in Tokyo, Beijing and Wuhan. In the last tournament of the season in Osaka, she reached the quarterfinals and there she retired in the second set against Luksika Kumkhum.

Keys finished the season ranked 31 in the world, improving on 2013 by six places. In November, Keys secured the services of two coaches, former American world number one Lindsay Davenport and husband Jon Leach.

2015: Australian Open semi-final, Top 20 debut[edit]

At the Australian Open, Keys reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeating three seeded opponents along the way. First, she defeated 29th seed Casey Dellacqua in three sets in the second round, then followed it up by upsetting reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová in straight sets in the third round.[5] After beating fellow American Madison Brengle in the fourth round, she defeated 18th Venus Williams in the quarter-finals in three sets, despite appearing to be injured during the second set.[6] She then faced world number one Serena Williams in the semi-finals, and although she played very well,[7] she lost the match in straight sets. After the match, Williams, who eventually went on to capture the title, spoke of a bright future for Keys, saying: "It was an honor for me to play someone who will be No. 1 in the future."[8]

After some struggles in Indian Wells and Miami, where she won just one match, she found her form again in Charleston, reaching final without dropping set. However, there she lost to Angelique Kerber, despite having 4–1 lead in the third set.

At the 2015 US Open, Keys advanced to the fourth round, where she was defeated by Serena Williams in straight sets. In December, Keys split from her coaches Lindsay Davenport and husband Jon Leach.

2016: Top 10 debut, First Premier 5 final, Second WTA title[edit]

At the Australian Open, an injury-affected Keys reached the fourth round before losing to Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai. After a brief stint with Jesse Levine and Mats Wilander earlier in the year, Keys subsequently hired Thomas Högstedt to be her coach in April.

In May, a week before the French Open, Keys defeated two Top 10 players in Petra Kvitová and Garbiñe Muguruza to reach the biggest final of her career at Rome, where she lost to compatriot Serena Williams in straight sets.[9]

She followed up a strong clay court season with an excellent grass court season, highlighted by her second career title at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. With that victory, she moved into the Top 10 for the first time in her career.

In July, Keys reached her second Premier 5 final of the year at the Rogers Cup at Montreal, losing in straight sets to Simona Halep. She clinched a spot in the WTA Finals by reaching the semifinals in back-to-back weeks at Beijing and Linz. Making her debut at the event, Keys won one of three matches and did not advance out of the round robin.

2017: Injury woes[edit]

During the offseason, Keys rekindled her relationship with former coach Lindsay Davenport and called her back onto her coaching team.

Madison Keys missed the Australian Open due to a left wrist surgery.[10] Keys returned to the tennis scene in March, at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. She beat Mariana Duque Marino in straight sets in her first match since the 2016 WTA Finals and followed it up with another straight sets win over Naomi Osaka before succumbing to 13th seeded Caroline Wozniacki. Keys then played the 2017 Miami Open where she beat Viktorija Golubic in straight sets before losing to number 72 in the world Lara Arruabarrena despite having set points in the first set and being up a break in the second. Keys called for the trainer for a shoulder injury at 6-5 in the first set.

Keys began the clay court season in Charleston for the 2017 Volvo Car Open where she was the Number 1 seed. She lost in the first round to fellow American Shelby Rogers in three sets, despite winning the first. Her next tournament was the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open where she again lost in the first round to Misaki Doi. At the 2017 Internazionali BNL d'Italia Keys was the defending finalist after losing to Serena Williams in the final last year, she lost in the first round again to Daria Gavrilova.

Playing style[edit]

Keys plays right-handed, has powerful groundstrokes and dominant serves over 100 mph. Her service action is rare for the women's tour, opting for a platform style rather than the predominant pinpoint style service motion. Due to the height of her ball toss she, at times, faces inconsistency on serve. She is primarily an offensive baseline player and her game is built around taking control of rallies with powerful serves, returns of serve and forceful groundstrokes off both forehand and backhand wings. She is equipped with capable volleying skills and overheads. The 2014 season has seen a great improvement in Keys' mobility around the court and she has now an effective defensive game, being capable of turning defensive play in to offensive play.

Personal life[edit]

Key's passion for tennis started at a young age while growing up in the Quad Cities. She first became interested in tennis because she liked Venus Williams' white tennis dress, according to a video interview she conducted with World Tennis Magazine in August 2011. Her parents are Rick and Christine (attorneys), and her siblings are Sydney, Montana, and Hunter.[11]

Madison is currently endorsed by Wilson and Nike. In 2016, she signed on to be the ambassador of FearlesslyGIRL.

Keys recently became the new ambassador for Evian and is the first American tennis player to be sponsored by them.

Career statistics[edit]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 3R 2R SF 4R A 11–5
French Open A A A A 2R 1R 3R 4R 2R 7–5
Wimbledon A A A Q2 3R 3R QF 4R 11–4
US Open A Q1 2R Q2 1R 2R 4R 4R 8–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 5–4 4–4 14–4 12–4 0–0 36–18

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 3R 1R 2–2
French Open A A 1R 3R A 1–2
Wimbledon A A 1R 2R 1R 1–3
US Open 1R 2R A A 1R 1–3
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 0–2 4–3 0–3 5–10


  1. ^ "Madison Keys will crack top 10 in world rankings after reaching Birmingham final". LA Times. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Youngest player in WTT history (age 14) tops Serena Williams,
  3. ^ "Madison Keys forced to retire against Yaroslava Shvedova at Wimbledon". Daily Mail. June 30, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Madison Keys beats Alize Cornet in Cincinnati, Sharapova awaits". August 11, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Australian Open: Madison Keys upsets Petra Kvitova to advance to fourth round". ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 24 January 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Match Statistics". 
  7. ^ "Serena Williams vs Madison Keys statistics". Australian Open. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Serena on Keys after semifinal clash". Twitter. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (16 May 2016). "Serena Williams defeats Madison Keys to win fourth Italian Open title". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Madison Keys profile". WTA. 

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