Earlier this year, American Madison Keys had a magical run to the 2015 Australian Open semifinals, beating Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams along the way. Like a lot of young up and coming players, she’s been a little inconsistent since then (while also battling injury). But she has all the tools to be a future Wimbledon champion, chief among them one of the biggest serves in the women’s game. The draw at Wimbledon 2015 has opened up for Maddie. If she continues to win, as she did in round two 6-4 7-6 (3) against Elizaveta Kulichkova, she wouldn’t face a seeded player until the quarterfinals. That seeded player, however, would be Petra Kvitova, the defending champion. Keys might have beaten Kvitova down under, but Petra at Wimbledon is an entirely different beast. The 2-time and defending champion has looked awesome so far, just rolling through her first two opponents. Kurumi Nara had nothing to bother Kvitova as Petra blew through her, 6-2 6-0. Obviously, there is a lot of tennis to be played before a Kvitova v Keys quarter could happen. And Keys is playing closer matches than she probably should against her first two opponents. Maddie has the weapons to beat everybody in her draw until Petra, but she also is still up and down in her matches. But these are my favorite two players on tour right now so I definitely hope this quarterfinal match-up happens.
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2 PETRA KVITOVA (won 6-2 6-0 vs Kurumi Nara)
5 CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (won 6-1 7-6 (6) vs Denisa Allertova)
18 SABINE LISICKI (won 2-6 7-5 6-1 vs Christina McHale)
21 MADISON KEYS (won 6-4 7-6 (3) vs Elizaveta Kulichkova)