Tennis: Keys set for brutal test against Kerber, says Davenport

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Madison Keys faces a brutal test in opposition to former champion Angelique Kerber In The quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday but the American is in a “great spot,” stated her teach Lindsay Davenport.

The Seventeenth seed has been in no-nonsense temper to this point in Melbourne, transferring in the course of the rounds with the minimal of fanfare, However faces her greatest check against the German.

“It’s something that we at all times stress – being actually stable, learning to win while you’re not taking part in your perfect, dealing with adversity Within The early rounds towards avid gamers that played nice which can be ranked 33 through A Hundred … and he or she’s doing that,” Davenport, who received the title in 2000, instructed reporters.

“However Kerber will likely be a brutal check. She is back enjoying her very best tennis. I Really Like to peer a player who’s so just right and went through some struggles, not in reality bodily But more emotionally and mentally, come out with such hearth.”

While Kerber already has two grand slam titles to her name, in Melbourne and Flushing Meadows in 2016, Keys remains to be to make that soar after losing to compatriot Sloane Stephens in last 12 months’s U.S. Open closing.

That came after a season interrupted by harm, However Davenport said her cost is now higher outfitted physically and mentally to claim a debut slam.

Tennis – Australian Open – Rod Laver Area, Melbourne, Australia, January 22, 2018. Madison Keys of the U.S. shakes arms with Caroline Garcia of France after profitable their match. REUTERS/Edgar Su

“She has actually needed it, she is in a perfect place,” Davenport mentioned of Keys’ run in Melbourne the place she is looking to succeed in the semis for the 2d time.

”Within The off-season it was once obvious she goes down the correct course, whether that means it’s right here that it all happens or in just a few months. However she is doing all of the right issues. It’s going to happen for her.

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“She is a good participant anyway and whilst you do all of the issues off the courtroom you want to be doing, great things are going to happen for her. The an important factor is she feels wholesome and at the moment she is the perfect she’s felt in more than likely three years.”

Keys, 22, missed final yr’s Australian Open after having wrist surgical operation and regardless of sitting out for a piece of last season she still made it through to the U.S. Open last where all 4 semi-finalists were American.

This time she is the ultimate American girl standing after Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe and Venus Williams all misplaced early.

“Before her semi-ultimate In The U.S. Open she was so apprehensive about being the one American to lose (Within The quarters) and this time we have now had the alternative dialog,” Davenport said.

“She’s tried everything no longer to sign up for them.”

Modifying through Peter Rutherford

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