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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