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Wimbledon | Keys loses her way

Wimbledon | Keys loses her way

Madison Keys has been added to the list of seeds who not only didn’t make it into the second , but didn’t live up to her billing as the world No.11.

The American, who has been coached by former Wimbledon champion Lyndsay Davenport until a few months ago, crashed out of the Championships 7-5 5-7 6-4 in what was an astonishing if not bizarre match.

I mean, honestly I think today was a massive mishandle of nerves. I felt good, was up 5-2, and then I feel like I kind of felt my mind go away, and played a couple of sloppy games. All of a sudden it's 5-All, and that's when nerves hit me. Madison Keys

The American looked well in control as she swept into a 5-2 lead only for her game to collapse as Evgeniya Rodina put together 9 consecutive games to take the set and the sweep to a comfortable 4-0 lead in the second.

Then Keys managed to get her own game under control to stop the Russian’s roll to the finish line by eliminating the errors she was making and finding the mark with her powerful forehands.

Her serve also started to perform and she regained control to win five consecutive games to lead 5-4 and then break again to level the match.

However there was another twist as Rodina battled back and took the lead in the third game after which she needed treatment to her upper left leg in a ‘medical time-out’.

Keys broke back in the sixth game following a succession of excellent returns to earn a break point which she  converted with trademark forehand winner.

With the two fighting desperately to gain an advantage the match could have gone either way but it was the Russian who eventually played the key points in the last two games, brilliantly to secure a hard-fought and well deserved victory.

Keys put her loss down to nerves.

“I mean, honestly I think today was a massive mishandle of nerves. I felt good, was up 5-2, and then I feel like I kind of felt my mind go away, and played a couple of sloppy games. All of a sudden it’s 5-All, and that’s when nerves hit me.

“Then it was just kind of dealing with that. And then when you’re down a set and 4-0, it’s a lot easier to be, like, oh, I probably should play better now and do that. And then in the third set I think I, you know, when I was down I would bring my level up and then go up to serve and would get nervous and, you know, just didn’t play well enough when it mattered.”

The defeat of the U.S. Open runner-up means only three of the top 10 seeds are left in the women’s draw.

Only two of the top eight survived to the third round — the lowest at Wimbledon in the professional era.

And it has certainly opened the door for Serena Williams!

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.


  1. Liz Wilson

    What is happening in tennis.??


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