Madison Keys (born February 17, 1995) is an American professional tennis player. On July 13, 2009 at the age of 14 and as a member of the Philadelphia Freedoms, she beat reigning Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in women's singles by a score of 5–1.[1]

She plays right-handed with a double-handed backhand. Her highest junior ranking was no. 16 on September 12, 2011. She is one of the youngest tennis players to win a match on the WTA Tour, at the age of 14 years and 48 days, by beating world no. 81 Alla Kudryavtseva. Since the age of 9, Keys has been part of the Chris Evert Academy in Boca Raton. On October 14, 2013, Keys reached a career high ranking of number 36 in the world.


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Tennis career[edit]Edit


At the Ponte Vedra Beach, she received a wildcard for her first WTA tournament. She beat world no. 81 Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round, but she was later defeated by top seed Nadia Petrova. During July 2009, Keys played WTT for the Philadelphia Freedoms.

In 2011, Keys won a spot in her first US Open by beating Beatrice Capra in the finals of an eight-player wildcard playoff. Keys won her first match, beating world no. 111 Jill Craybas, but then lost in three sets to world no. 27 Lucie Šafářová.

In 2012, after winning a wildcard tournament against other American players, Keys qualified for the 2012 Australian Open, but lost to 2010 semi-finalist, Zheng Jie in the first round.


At the 2013 Apia International Sydney Keys made it to the quarterfinals of the Premier event defeating Lucie Safarova in the 1st round and Zheng Jie in the 2nd round. Keys had lost to both of these opponents in past grand slam matches. She then lost to Li Na in three close sets in the quarterfinals. At the 2013 Australian Open, she beat Australia's Casey Dellacqua in the first round and upset the #30 seed Tamira Paszek in the second round, before losing to the fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber 2–6, 5–7.

At the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open she notched up the biggest win of her career and her first victory over a top-ten opponent when she defeated world no. 5 Li Na in the first round. Keys played wildcard entry Anabel Medina Garrigues in the second round, but lost in straight sets 6–7, 3–6. At the French Open Keys beat Misaki Doi 6–3, 6–2, but lost to Monica Puig 4–6, 6–7.

At the Aegon Classic, Keys beat Lesia Tsurenko in the first round 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3), compatriot Jamie Hampton 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3) in the second round and 6th seedMona Barthel 6–3, 6–2 in the third round. Keys lost to Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets 3–6, 0–6 in the quarterfinals. However, just over a month later, on a hardcourt at the Bank of the West tournament in Stanford, she had her revenge, upsetting the eighth seed Rybarikova 6–2, 6–2 in the first round.

Playing style[edit]Edit

Keys plays right-handed, has powerful groundstrokes and dominant serves over 100 mph. Her service action is similar to that of American Lindsay Davenport. Due to the height of her ball toss she, at times, faces inconsistency on serve. She is primarily an offensive baseline player and her game is built around taking control of rallies with powerful serves, return of serves and forceful groundstrokes off both forehand andbackhand wings. She is equipped with capable volleying skills and overheads. The 2014 season has seen a great improvement in Keys' mobility around the court and she has now an effective defensive game, being capable of turning defensive play in to offensive play. Keys lacks the ability to construct points effectively, and often seems confused about shot placement in tight situations. This leads her to use a higher-risk style of play. It has been suggested that her playing style is similar to fellow American Jennifer Capriati.

Many top players see Madison Keys as the greatest prospect in American tennis.


Keys first became interested in tennis because she liked tennis dresses, according to a video interview she conducted with World Tennis Magazine in August 2011. She also revealed that she is a fan of Roger Federer.[2] Coached by Adam Peterson and Ola Malmqvist. Parents are Rick and Christine (attorneys); siblings are Sydney, Montana and Hunter. Introduced to the sport by parents. Favorite shot is serve; favorite surface is hard. Favorite food is ice cream; favorite drink is peach iced tea. Favorite actor is Julia Roberts; favorite movie is Titanic. Favorite singer is Britney Spears; favorite types of music are hip-hop, pop, rap and country. Favorite author is Stephanie Meyer. Also enjoys baking, seeing friends, watching TV and shopping. Favorite place to visit is Paris. Most memorable experience is playing a match in an earthquake in Costa Rica. Goal is to work hard and be the best she can be.[3]

WTA Challenger and ITF Circuit finals[edit]Edit

Singles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]Edit

WTA Challenger 125s (0–0)
ITF $100,000 (0–0)
ITF $75,000 (1–0)
ITF $50,000 (1–0)
ITF $25,000 (0–1)
ITF $15,000 (0–0)
ITF $10,000 (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. June 27, 2010 Cleveland, United States Clay [1]

Piia Suomalainen

6–2, 6–4
Runner–up 1. October 31, 2010 Bayamon, Puerto Rico Hard [2]

Lauren Davis

6–7(5–7), 4–6
Winner 2. October 28, 2012 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) [3]

Eugenie Bouchard

6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. November 11, 2012 Phoenix, United States Hard [4]

Maria Sanchez

6–3, 7–6(7–1)

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]Edit

WTA Challenger 125s (0–0)
ITF $100,000 (0–0)
ITF $75,000 (0–0)
ITF $50,000 (1–0)
ITF $25,000 (0–0)
ITF $15,000 (0–0)
ITF $10,000 (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. July 15, 2012 Yakima, United States Hard [5]

Samantha Crawford


Xu Yifan [7]Zhou Yimiao

6–3, 2–6, [12–10]

Single performance timeline[edit]Edit

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 3R 2R 3–3
French Open A A A A 2R 1–1
Wimbledon A A Q1 Q2 3R 2–1
US Open A Q1 2R Q2 1R 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 5–4 1–1 7–7

Doubles performance timeline[edit]Edit

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 3R 2–1
French Open 1R 0–1
Wimbledon 1R 0–1
US Open 1R 2R 1–2
Win–Loss 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 3–5
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