When Madison Keys was 4 years old, she saw Venus Williams playing at Wimbledon and wanted to play tennis in part because she liked the dress Venus was wearing. 15 years later Madison was dressed for success as she advanced to her first ever Major quarterfinal at the 2015 Australian Open. Save for a few shaky games in the second set, Keys was in control throughout her Battle of the Madisons fourth round match against fellow American rising star Madison Brengle. Keys’ serve and big ground strokes were just too much for the overpowered Brengle. And now, a month away from her 20th birthday, the 4-year old little girl who loved Venus’ tennis dress is all grown up and ready to take on Williams in the quarterfinals. But hopefully, Madison Keys will not have too much respect for Venus going into the match. Healthy respect, yes. However, it’s winner take all for a spot in the semifinals of a Major. Venus is the opponent. Madison needs to go in with the thought and belief that she can go through Williams to advance one step closer to her own history making title. She needs to have the same attitude that Eugenie Bouchard has, win or lose, when she takes on her tennis idol, Maria Sharapova. Madison has the serve. She has the ground strokes. Does she have the maturity in her game and stillness in her nerves to defeat a future Hall of Famer?
MADISON KEYS (won 6-2 6-4 vs Madison Brengle)
18 VENUS WILLIAMS (won 6-3 2-6 6-1 vs 6 Agnieszka Radwanska)
11 DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA (won 6-2 3-6 6-3 vs Victoria Azarenka)
1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 2-6 6-3 6-2 vs 24 Garbine Muguruza)