Madison Keys advances to Australian Open quarterfinals

Florence Fletcher
January 22, 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia - Madison Keys has continued her strong run through the Australian Open draw, returning to the quarterfinals for the first time in three years with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Caroline Garcia on Monday.

Keys is the only one of the four American women who reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open last September still in contention in Melbourne - Stephens, Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe were all eliminated in the first round.

Coming into the match against Garcia, she had dropped only 14 games — the second fewest among the women through three rounds, just behind Angelique Kerbers 13.

The big match Saturday had the only two women's major champions left in the tournament playing each other - 2008 Australian victor Maria Sharapova vs. 2016 Melbourne Park champion Angelique Kerber.

Keys missed last year's Australian Open after undergoing surgery to fix her injured left wrist.

"It definitely made me realise how much I love it and how much pressure I put on myself", she said. "I'm happy I held my serve in the last game, It's a good sign because my serve is the most important key for me".

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The world number 20 then sealed a dominant win in which she struck 32 winners and nine aces to Garcia's nine winners and a single ace. The second-seeded Federer faces Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, while the six-time champion Djokovic meets Hyeon Chung of South Korea.

The Australian Kyrgios left No. 3-ranked Dimitrov with this message: "Believe".

Kyrgios, seeded 17th, missed the chance to end the drought for local men that dates back to Mark Edmondson winning the 1976 Australian Open. Keys needed just 16 minutes to win the opening set and the match ended in 41 minutes.

"I finished the U.S. Open and I was exhausted", she said.

The top-seeded Nadal overcame a pesky Diego Schwartzman to beat the Argentinian 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3. "I hope Im going to continue and gather three more here".

Dimitrov will play Kyle Edmund, who reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Andreas Seppi.

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