Madi’s Keys to success
Letting go of expectations and rediscovering the joy on court has helped Madison Keys reach her first US Open quarter-final since 2018 with an impressive 6-1, 6-3 victory over world No.3 Jessica Pegula on Monday.
The 28-year-old American, a runner-up in New York in 2017, has followed up her quarter-final showing at Wimbledon two months ago, with another stroll to the last eight at her home Slam.
Keys needed just 61 minutes to dismiss an in-form Pegula and she will now take on reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova for a spot in the final four.
“Mental health is definitely a lot better when I'm playing with lower expectations and not putting as much pressure on myself and just kind of having a better approach to the game, having it really just trying to be a lot more fun and focusing on that,” said Keys, who has picked up the 30th US Open match-win of her career.
“After all these years playing, it's kind of the point now where I don't have to be out here anymore. I get to be out here.”