Thursday, September 1, 2011
Madison Keys, USA
NEW YORK (AP) — American teenager Madison Keys showed her youth late in her second career Grand Slam match, repeatedly blowing leads in a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 loss to 27th-seeded Lucie Safarova at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
In her debut Monday at a major tournament, Keys — a 16-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla. — became the youngest player since 2005 to win a match at Flushing Meadows. At 455th, she was the lowest-ranked woman in the field this year.
"I must say, she's a very good player for her age," the 24-year-old Safarova said, adding that Keys is playing "for sure, top-50 level."
Keys certainly opened the match that way, racing to a 5-0 lead en route to taking the opening set.
"I didn't feel very well on court at the beginning and was making a lot of easy mistakes," Safarova said. "She surprised me."
Keys went up a break in the second set before letting that edge slip away. And in the third set, she twice broke Safarova, only to give that lead back in the following game.
By the end of the match, Keys actually had won more total points than Safarova, 106-100.
"A lot of ups and downs," said Safarova, who equaled her best U.S. Open showing by getting to the third round.