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Madison Keys Backs Serena To Break Grand Slam Record

The former US Open finalist gives her opinion about Williams’ Grand Slam chances.

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World No.16 Madison Keys believes Serena Williams will equal and even break the all-time record for most grand slam titles won in the future.

The 23-year-old has lent her backing behind the former world No.1 after she reached back-to-back finals in the majors this season. At Wimbledon, Williams lost in the final to Angelique Kerber. Then at the US Open she succumbed in two sets to Japan’s Naomi Osaka during what was a controversial match that resulted in her getting three warnings and a $17,000 fine.

“I definitely think she can do it, and I definitely think it’s something that she thinks about,” Keys told AFP news earlier this week.
“I think she wants it and I think when Serena puts her mind to something, it usually happens.”

Williams returned to the WTA Tour in March after giving birth to her first child in 2017. In total, she has played in seven tournaments this season. Winning 18 out of 24 matches played. Against top 10 opposition, she produced a win-loss record of 6-4.  Williams currently has 23 grand slam titles, which is one behind Margaret Court’s all-time record.

“She came back and she played three grand slams and made two finals,” Keys commented about Williams’ season. “No one is ever going to be Serena and I think she’s done a ton for the sport and has helped players like me a lot.”

Keys will be one of the players hoping to fill the void when 37-year-old Williams, who is the second oldest player in the top 100, decides to retire from the sport. A former US Open finalist, she currently has three WTA titles to her name and peaked at a high of seventh in October 2016. At present, she is the third highest ranked American woman behind Williams and Sloane Stephens.

“Obviously when she decides to stop playing it’s going to be a big loss but I think she’ll always be a part of it, and she’s always going to hold all these records and still be the greatest tennis player ever.” She said.
“So I think we’ll always have her in the sport even though she’s not playing.”

One last push in China

Playing in her final WTA tournament of 2018, Keys is seeking a strong end to the year at the Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. A round-robin event featuring 12 players. On Tuesday she started her campaign with a straight sets win over top seed Daria Kasatkina. Recording her first win over a top 10 player since Angelique Kerber at the Cincinnati Open in August.

“I think it’s nice for my game. It’s pretty fast and bounces, so it sits up a little more. So I really like playing on this court.” The world No.16 commented about the conditions at the tournament.

On Friday Keys will play her second match against China’s Qiang Wang. A player she has already defeated twice this season. Wang has reached the semi-finals or better at her past five tournaments.

“I expect the match to be completely different this time around. She’s had an incredible six weeks. I think he’s probably really high in confidence and feeling her game.” She said about the upcoming match.

Keys hasn’t won a WTA title since the 2017 Stanford Open.

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(VIDEO) Day 8 At The ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Downs Weary Djokovic

Ubitennis looks back on the year-end finale that took place.

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Alexander Zverev has ended Novak Djokovic’s run at the O2 to win the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old was the fresher and stronger out of the two contesting the final at the O2 Arena in London. Following their match, Djokovic openly backed the German to one day break his record in terms of titles won. Something Zverev was quick to downplay.


 

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‘If You Win a Grand Slam, It’s A Good Season’ – Roger Federer On 2018 And His Off-Season Goals

The Swiss player has named two improvements he would like to make to his game ahead of the next season.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is contempt with his performance this year despite experiencing a slight dip in form during the second half.

The 37-year-old officially ended his season on Saturday after bowing out in straight sets to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in London. This year the Swiss player has won four titles on the tour, including the Australian Open in January. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 48-10.

“(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a slam, it’s a good season.’” Reflected Federer, who held the world No.1 ranking for a total of eight weeks during 2018.
“So started great. I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months.”

Despite the success, he has also suffered his share of disappointment. Prior to his last tournament of the year, Federer had only won two out of six matches against top 10 players. He also suffered a surprise loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before falling in the fourth round at the US Open. Making it the first time he has only reached one grand slam semi-final out of four since 2013.

“The second half of the season could have been better maybe.” Admitted Federer. “I also have high hopes to always do well. So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season.”
“I maybe lost a couple too close matches that could have changed things around for me a little bit.” He added.

Work to be done in the off-season

Fortunately, the positives overweight the negatives for the Swiss veteran, who is the oldest player currently in the world’s top 100. In September he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut on the ATP Tour at the Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse in France.

“I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.” He told reporters after his loss to Zverev on Saturday.

Federer will now embark upon the off-season where he is expected to conduct his usual preparation in Dubai. During a recent interview with newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he has outlined two areas of his game that he wants to improve on. His forehand and his play at the net.

“As far as tennis is concerned, I would like to find my way back to the net more often,” he said.
“And of course I want to whip the forehand right again.
“Then there is the condition training with Pierre (Paganini).
“Of course, deciding whether to play on clay or not has an impact on the training program.”

Federer will return to action at the Hopman Cup, which will get underway on December 29th.

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(VIDEO) Day 7 At The ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic Shines, But Roger Federer Stumbles

Ubitennis reflects on a somewhat mixed semi-final day at the season-ending championships.

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There will not be a dream Djokovic-Federer showdown at the ATP Finals on Sunday after two very contrasting semi-finals.

Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the tournament following a sensational performance by Alexander Zverev. Zverev’s triumph had a bitter taste after his match concluded in controversy when he stopped during a rally after noticing a ball boy dropping a ball. Prompting backlash from the crowd and a big debate in the London capital.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic produced a near-perfect performance against a sluggish Kevin Anderson, who leaked 33 unforced errors. Djokovic heads in the final without dropping his serve in the entire tournament.

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