Preview French Open: Madison Keys VS Donna Vekić

by: TennisMood May 20, 2016 368

Preview French Open: Madison Keys VS Donna Vekić

The 21-year-old American tennis player Madison Keys (currently No. 17 in the WTA Tour rankings) is seeded No. 15 at the Tennis French Open. In the draw, made on May 20, her first-round opponent was determined; it will be 20-year-old Donna Vekic of Croatia.

Donna Vekic is a Croatian rising tennis star.

Vekic is currently ranked No. 96 has won one singles title on the WTA tour as well as four singles and one doubles title on the ITF circuit in her career. On 15 July 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 62. On 2 February 2015, she peaked at world number 310 in the doubles rankings.

Osijek-born Vekić is a member of the Croatia Fed Cup team and in February 2012 played three rubbers at the tournament, including helping her country to a 2–0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Self-described as strong-willed, determined and extremely competitive, at the 2014 Malaysian Open, Vekić won her first career WTA title and had one of the biggest wins of her career when she defeated the world number 10, Dominika Cibulková in a third set tie-breaker in the final. On her way to the final, she won three of her four matches after losing the first set (against Chan Yung-jan, Kristýna Plíšková and Zhang Shuai).

Enjoying great form on the clay this Spring, Madison Keys has proven that she’s a player for all surfaces. In May, a week before the French Open, Keys reached the biggest final of her career in Rome, where she lost to compatriot Serena Williams in straight sets after defeating Petra Kvitová and Garbiñe Muguruza earlier in the tournament.

At age 14, Madison Keys was kind of a big deal. She was the youngest player ever to play World Team Tennis.
After reaching last year’s Aussie Open semis, Madison Keys, became America’s next great hope for the post-Serena era, whenever that arrives. She’s never gotten past the third round of the French, the tournament that traditionally gives Americans, who mostly grow up competing on hard courts, the most trouble. But expectations will soar this year because Keys made a surprise run to the Italian Open finals, where she lost to Williams. It was the first time two American women made a clay-court final since Serena beat sister Venus at the 2002 French Open. Also, as a matter of fact, Keys first became interested in tennis because she liked Venus Williams’ white tennis dress, according to a video interview she conducted with World Tennis Magazine in August 2011. “Being an American, we’re very lucky that all of the attention is very rarely just on one person,” Keys said. “Unless you’re Serena — then it’s on you all the time.”

Madison Keys, who considers clay her weakest surface, reached the Italian Open final with a victory over Garbiñe Muguruza, of Spain, who’s ranked fourth in the world (Keys in now 17th).

Keys, who had lost in the second round in her previous two trips to Rome, had not made a semifinal on any surface in more than a year. She said this unexpected surge on what she considered her weakest surface should give her confidence a boost. “I mean, I can play on clay? Yes!” Keys said. “It’s something I’m really proud of myself for, and hopefully I can take the experience and use it in the next couple of weeks. It’s definitely going to be something that I remind myself of going into every clay-court season: ‘Yeah, I made the final of a red-clay tournament. I can do this thing.”

Thomas Högstedt said: “Keys had weapons that could transfer to clay effectively — a particularly important point with the French Open set to begin on May 22. I think clay actually suits her quite well. She has a great kick serve she can build up, and she has one of the biggest forehands on the women’s tour, so I think it suits her well, and I think she’s shown here some very good patience. She’s been very impressive.”

Madison Keys has long been seen as a threat to the game’s established order on the faster surfaces. However, in light of her performances last week in Rome, she is now emerging as a dark horse for the game’s major honors on clay, too. So, within great temptation we are waiting for the Roland Garros live streaming.

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