Sunday, August 21, 2011
|Madison Keys, USA|
College Park, Md — The youngest and the oldest of the 16 women’s and men’s players selected to play in this weekend’s U.S. Open Wild Card Playoffs punched their tickets to New York with convincing wins on a stormy and thundering Sunday near Washington D.C.
Welcome to the main draw of the U.S. Open, Madison Keys, age 16, and Bobby Reynolds, age 29, who won three matches each at the Junior Champions Tennis Training Center to earn the final U.S. Open main draw wild card singles spots handed out by the USTA.
Keys, the No. 7 seeded player from Boca Raton, Fla., ended any thoughts of a return trip to New York for Beatrice Capra with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 win while Reynolds of Acworth, Ga., had to take care of business indoors in a best-of-five final, downing 19-year-old Daniel Kosakowski, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.
Just last week, it was announced that Keys would be going to New York to compete in the qualifying tournament as a wild card. With qualifying beginning Tuesday, Keys said there was incentive to get a week off and that thought was one of the reasons she was able to turn things around so quickly Sunday against the crowd-favorite Capra from Ellicott, Md.
“I kind of just decided that I didn’t want to go to New York tonight (to play qualifying),” Keys said. “I wanted to go next week. I just focused on staying in the match and hopefully when I had the chance try to change things around. Now I get to go back home to Boca and sleep in tomorrow.”
Immediately following the win, Keys texted and called her mother while still on court.
“Mom was on the beach walking around and she was just saying how happy she was and proud she was of me,” Keys said. “My coach (Adam Peterson) was texting her during the match.”
Keys says she doesn’t care who she draws in the first round of the Open. “Just that I’m in the main draw is good enough for me,” adding she wouldn’t mind playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium. “But I definitely wouldn’t complain if I didn’t get to though,” she said.
Keys has already secured a spot with partner Samantha Crawford in the women’s doubles draw by winning the USTA Junior Championship a week ago.
Way to go Madison!!!