Quad Cities Native in French Open Quarterfinals
Meet 24-year-old Madison Keys, a native of Rock Island, Illinois. She's been consistently ranked among the top 25 in the world in women's tennis the last four years but has only played in the finals of one major tournament, the 2017 U.S. Open. She's now just two wins from the finals in the 2019 French Open, where she was a semifinalist last year.
Earlier today, Keys beat the Czech Republic's Katerina Siniakova in the fourth round at Roland Garros stadium. She won the match in just an hour and sixteen minutes, in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-4. In Wednesday's quarterfinals, Keys will take on Australian Ashleigh Barty.
Keys features a speedy serve and powerful forehand and when she debuted in the Women's Tennis Association Top 10 three years ago, she was the first woman to do it since Serena Williams in 1999. Interestingly enough, Serena's sister, Venus Williams, was the reason Madison decided to pursue a career in tennis. She left the Quad Cities at age ten to train at the Evert Tennis Academy in Florida and became a pro the day she turned 14.
Good luck, Madison. We'll be cheering for you on Wednesday!