Madison Keys is coming off one of the best performances of her career, as she throttled world No. 3 Jessica Pegula, 6-1, 6-3 in the Round of 16 at the US Open. Keys will now face Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova in the quarterfinals, and I like the American to find a way through to the semis.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that it’s not impressive that Vondrousova has made it to this point in the tournament. It absolutely is. But I haven’t been blown away by the lefty’s form in recent weeks, and she has undoubtedly had a fortunate draw in New York. The best player that Vondrousova has beaten thus far has been Ekaterina Alexandrova. Meanwhile, not only did Keys beat Pegula, but she also earned a comeback win over Liudmila Samsonova. Samsonova has the sixth-highest hard-court Elo rating in the women’s game, so that was an impressive performance.