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Madison Keys: Today Was A Massive Mishandle Of Nerves

Madison Keys talked about the reasons for her shock loss, why some upsets are not that shocking and the example of Serena Williams.




Madison Keys was understandably upset with her performance after she endured a shocking third-round loss to World No.120 Evgeniya Rodina.


“Honestly I think today was a massive mishandle of nerves,” she said. “I felt good, was up 5-2, and then I felt my mind go away and played a couple of sloppy games.”

“All of a sudden it was 5-All, and that’s when nerves hit me. Then it was just kind of dealing with that.”

The American continued, “When you’re down a set and 4-0, it’s a lot easier to think, ‘I probably should play better now and do that’.”

“And then when I was down in the third set I would bring my level up and then go up to serve and get nervous. I just didn’t play well enough when it mattered.”

Keys admits she let her mind wander

When Keys was asked why felt nervous on court, she explained that she had started looking ahead to her next match.

“For the first time in a long time, I came in here the other day and was like, ‘So if you win, then you play this person’,” she said. “And I think that kept being in the back of my mind.”

“I think that’s something that with experience I have to be able to completely push aside and not think about. But I don’t think I did a great job of that today.”

Keys was due to face Serena Williams in the last 16 if the older American beat Kristina Mladenovic, but the World No.11 does not think the identity of her opponent was the important thing.

“I don’t even think it’s because it was Serena or anything like that,” she said. “I think it really could have been anyone. But I just wasn’t thinking about my match right now in that moment.”

“I think I literally could have played anyone the next round, but the fact that I felt my mind go there made it really hard to be play really well, be super-focused and then have to kind of reset everything and find my timing and all of that in the middle of a match.”

Although the American was thinking ahead to her potential last 16 encounter, she insists she was not looking any further ahead than that.

Keys to develop a plan to manage her dips

Keys also feels it is unfair to label some of the top ten seed’s defeats at Wimbledon 2018 as upsets.

“I think a lot of those matches were actually really tough matchups – especially some of the early rounds,” she said.

“I don’t necessarily think that was an easy match or an upset. There are lots of really good players right now and if one player has a slightly bad day and the other player has a really on day, then it can go either way.”

While Keys may be right that some of the top seeds’ defeats should not be considered shock results – Ekaterina Makarova’s win over Caroline Wozniacki for example – her loss to Rodina was definitely an upset.

Moreover, to avoid suffering a similar fate in the future, the young American should probably follow the example of her phenomenally successful compatriot Serena Williams.

“It’s definitely been a challenge that I have had to deal with where all of a sudden I’m the one that’s supposed to win and people are playing with nothing to lose and playing their best tennis,” Keys said.

“A lot of times you just have to weather the storm and play better on those big points, and the fact (that Serena has) basically done that her whole career is really impressive.”

She continued, “I think the biggest thing (I need to do) is have a plan for when I feel (the dip) happening and catch it quicker. It’s a lot easier to catch it if it’s two points and not two games.”

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Former Finalist Marketa Vondrousova To Miss French Open Following Surgery

The Olympic silver medallist will miss a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in two-and-a-half years.




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Czech world No.35 Marketa Vondrousova has pulled out of next week’s French Open after undergoing what she describes as a ‘small surgery.’


Vondrousova, who reached the final at Roland Garros back in 2019, underwent a procedure on her left wrist after experiencing recurring pain. She decided to do so following a medical consultation and will be soon going through rehab. It will be the first Grand Slam event she has missed since the 2019 US Open which she also withdrew from due to a wrist injury.

“The last few weeks were not easy, I have been experiencing recurring pain in my wrist,” Vondrousova wrote in an Instagram post published on Monday. “After seeing a couple of doctors I decided to get this small surgery done to be able to play pain-free.”
“Staying positive through the recovery and can’t wait to be back on the court soon,”
she added.

The 22-year-old last played on Tour at the Stuttgart Open where she lost in the first round to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur. So far this season she has achieved a win-loss record of 13-5 with her best run being to the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships as a qualifier. Vondrousova also reached the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and defeated Emma Raducanu in the Billie Jean Cup.

A former junior world No.1, Vondrousova has been ranked as high as 14th in the world. So far in her career, she has won just one WTA title which was back in 2017 at the Lugano Open in Switzerland. However, she has reached the final at another four events with the last being at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She has scored a total of six wins over top 10 players.

Another player in doubt for the French Open is defending champion Barbora Krejcikova who hasn’t played a match on the Tour since February. The world No.2 has been sidelined from action due to an elbow injury but remains on the entry list for the Grand Slam which will begin on Sunday.

The French Open draw will take place on Thursday.

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Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina Announces Pregnancy

Tennis’ power couple are set to become parents later this year.




Former world No.3 Elina Svitoliva has announced that she is expecting a baby girl in October on social media.


The 27-year-old made the announcement on Sunday morning with a picture of her and her husband, French tennis star Gael Monfils. Known by some as the sports ‘power couple,’ the two tied the knot last July in Geneva ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games after first going public about their relationship in 2019. They even have their own Instagram account called ‘g.e.m.s. life’ which has more than 139,000 followers.

“With a heart full of love and happiness, we are delighted to announce that we are expecting a baby girl in October,” the couple wrote on Twitter.

Svitolina hadn’t played on the Tour since losing to Heather Watson at the Miami Open in March after deciding to take time away from the sport due to events happening in her home country. Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine earlier this year which has claimed thousands of lives. Svitolina is one of the sport’s most outspoken players regarding the conflict. She has previously spoken out against the decision to ban Russian and Belarussian athletes from Wimbledon by arguing that they should be allowed to participate if they condemn the actions of their home countries.

We don’t want them banned completely,” Svitolina told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast.
“If players don’t speak out against the Russian government then it is the right thing to ban them.”

Prior to announcing her pregnancy, Svitolina has achieved a win-loss record of 5-8 on the Tour this season with her best runs being to the third round of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals of a WTA event in Monterrey.

During her career, the Ukrainian has won 16 WTA titles and reached the semi-finals of two Grand Slams during 2019.

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Bianca Andreescu reaches Rome quarterfinals after beating Petra Martic

The Canadian was able to get by her Croatian opponent in straight sets on Thursday afternoon in the Italian capital.




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Bianca Andreescu is through to the quaterfinals of the Italian Open being played at the Foro Italico in Rome after beating Petra Martic in 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes.


The Toronto native served four aces and won 76% of her first serve points in a match that was pretty straight forward for the world number 90 who makes her first quaterfinal this season.

During the first set both players did a good job holding serve and it was pretty tight until 4-4 when the Canadian was able to convert and served out the first set to take a 1-0 lead.

Andreescu was hungry for the early break in the second set and she got it but the Croat broke right back the following game to level the set at 2-2. She was then put on the defensive as the world number 47 started putting pressure on the Canadian but Andreescu was able to save two breakpoints before being able to hold serve to make it 3-3.

The next game Martic produced a poor service game and the 2019 US Open champ took full advantage, getting the break and that one break was enough for her to serve out the match.

Her reward for reaching the quarterfinals a date with the world number one Iga Swiatek who had no issues beating the Minsk native Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-1.

This will be their first ever meeting on the WTA Tour.

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