Where Were The Keys?
Madison Keys is often talked about as a rising star of American tennis, and from time to time today, one could see why. With a big serve and a fluid motion, Keys is a sight to behold. But, as is often the case with big servers, double faults can come in double figures. They did for her today.
Keys is playing the compact Italian Camilla Giorgi who has been struggling for form for some while. This was not her problem in the first set as she took a decisive lead clinching it 6-4 in 37 minutes.
The second set came alive at 3-4 with Keys in the lead. Keys had not been offered up any break points until 3 came out of no where in the 7th game. She look the break and promptly handed it back putting the feisty Italian back in the driving seat. With 9 double faults at this stage off the Giorgi racquet one didn’t expect a routine opportunity to serve it out. And, she did not. Tennis is so much in the mind.
Keys used her experience to hold serve and we are now at 6 -5 and the Italian looks in meltdown. She composes herself with a gentle pat on her thigh and up to the service line she now stands. Taking her time she is soon back to the form that landed her the first set and we are now into a tie break. A good backhand down the line from keys gives her the mini break early in the tie break, but Keys promptly hits a wild down the line forehand to donate the break straight back. Fast forward and we are at 6-6. An excellent first serve gives Keys set point and spectacularly during the next rally the Italian slips to the floor but still manages to win the point. Giorgi now has a third match point which soon disappeared like dust.
The fourth soon comes along and Keys to serve and yet another big first serve denied Giorgi the match. It’s now dusk in London and a double fault by the Italian gives Keys the set. What a way to go…
As is so often the case, Giorgi puts in an excellent service game to open the third set. Why couldn’t she have done that when serving for the match? She breaks Keys immediately and the momentum is now with the Italian 3-0 up Giorgi is looking the more comfortable. Keys is in trouble. Her coach Lindsay Davenport is in her box and with her head in her hands. None of us could look anymore either as Camilla Giorgi is two breaks to the good and leading 4-0. It’s now 5-1 and Keys wants to stop because of bad light and her request is denied. She was not delayed much longer as the number 17 seed was sent packing and it’s the Italian into the third round for the third time in her career.