Madison Keys Advances to U.S. Open Semifinals, Faces Aryna Sabalenka
Madison Keys, the 17th seed, has secured her spot in the U.S. Open semifinals after defeating Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova. She now faces Aryna Sabalenka, who is set to become the new World No. 1.
In a thrilling U.S. Open journey, American tennis star Madison Keys has once again proven her mettle, advancing to the semifinals and inching closer to her first major title. In a recent match, she displayed remarkable skill and determination, defeating Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova with a score of 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday night.
This victory marks Keys’ sixth Grand Slam semifinal appearance, and the excitement is palpable as she prepares to face the formidable Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who is on the brink of becoming the new World No. 1. Sabalenka, riding high on her recent achievement of clinching the top-ranking spot, secured her fifth consecutive major semifinal with a commanding 6-1, 6-4 win over China’s Zheng Qinwen, the 23rd seed.
Keys acknowledges that the upcoming match against Sabalenka will be an entirely different challenge, given their distinct playing styles. She emphasizes the power and intensity that Sabalenka brings to the court, stating, “There’s a reason she’s No. 1 in the world. … It’s going to be a lot of hard-hitting. Not a lot of long points. Honestly, just going to try to buckle up and get as many balls back as I can.”
Notably, Sabalenka, the Australian Open champion, remains the only singles player in the tournament who has yet to drop a set. Their previous encounter at Wimbledon resulted in Sabalenka’s victory, setting the stage for an intriguing rematch.
Madison Keys has a history of impressive performances at the U.S. Open, with her deepest run in 2017 when she reached the finals, finishing as the runner-up to fellow American Sloane Stephens. She has also made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open and the French Open, solidifying her reputation as a formidable force in the world of tennis.
In the women’s draw, Sabalenka is the only player ranked higher than American Coco Gauff, the sixth seed, who is set to face French Open runner-up Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in the other semifinal on Thursday.
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