RI native Keys drops three-set match to Na in quarterfinal match in Sydney


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Posted Online: Jan. 09, 2013, 7:09 pm
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Rock Island native Madison Keys dropped a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 match to fourth-seeded Li Na in the quarterfinals at the Sydney International on Wednesday. Keys entered the match ranked 135th in the world.

Keys forced Li to face break points in all but one of her service games in the first set. Keys won the set by holding serve. Li won a 7-2 tiebreaker in the second set before coasting to victory in the final one.

"If (Keys) plays a level like this every match, she should be soon top 20, top 15, top 10," Li said to The Associated Press. "I got the information she had a big serve but did not think it would be like it was today."

Keys reached the quarterfinals by defeating Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round and Jie Zheng 6-0, 6-4 in the second round. Her quarterfinal appearance earned Keys $17,650, her second-best payday as a pro.



















 



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