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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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  Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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