Keys: 'Almost psyched myself out'

by: Matt Cronin January 17, 2013

Madison Keys discusses her performance in her 6-2, 7-5 loss to Angelique Kerber in the third round of the Australian Open. The 17-year-old American committed 43 unforced errors in the match while hitting 32 winners.

“I had a slow start, I was super nervous, my serve wasn't there until very end,” she said. “I wasn't moving well. In the second set I played better, there were close games but I made dumb decisions and played tight. I think it was nerves, inexperience, and knowing how to deal with the situation, and she’s No. 5 five in world for a reason.

Keys added that being on Rod Laver Area (center court) for the first time also didn’t help.

“I think I almost psyched myself out thinking I had to play better than I had to play and I got really nervous. I was going for too much and was pressing instead of working points,” said Keys, who will be ranked somewhere around No. 80 after the tournament. “I am disappointed, but I had a really good two weeks and I’m sure tomorrow I will be happy, but right now it kind of sucks.”

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