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Madison Keys learns from Lindsay, beats Venus, faces Serena Next


American tennis star and teen sensation Madison Keys is experiencing the biggest success of her career.   After reaching the first quarterfinals of her career, she defeated fellow American Venus Williams to reach the first semifinals of her career, where she will face the top-ranked women’s player in the world and the younger sister of Venus, Serena Williams.  Madison spoke at recent events about working with Davenport, and her goals for 2015

On her game, Keys said “I think I’ve improved in a lot of ways.  You know, it’s just one of those things where I have to go in and keep trying to work on my game and get better.  But I’m feeling pretty good about it.”

Keys continued to speak at Apia International Sydney earlier this month.  “I’ve really just been focusing on having more consistent results and coming off the court and not thinking I beat myself or just lots of errors and things like that.  So for me, I think having consistently solid matches, even when I’m not playing well, is my biggest goal.”

How much of the recent success of Keys can be attributed to her working with for tennis star Lindsay Davenport?  Keys talked about their relationship.  “We’re very similar in a lot of ways, so it’s especially nice for me when something is going on and I kind of am reacting to it the way she would have reacted to, and she can kind of talk me through it.”  Keys continued, saying Davenport is “super nice, super friendly, and unbelievably helpful.  Just been really amazing that she’s been willing to help me.”

Keys also spoke about Davenport and their relationship at Brisbane International earlier this month. “She’s been great.  It’s really cool having the perspective of someone who has gone through it, and also someone who plays similar to me.  So just having her guidance has been really helpful.”  On practice, she said “we’ve just been practicing a lot, staying low, working on movement, and I think it kind of showed today.”

On her goals for 2015, Keys said “I’ve never made it to the second week of a Grand Slam, so right now that’s my biggest goal, making second week and kind of moving on from there.  It’s also a goal of mine just to finish above where I finished last year.”  For Keys, that mission has already been accomplished, as she faces Serena Williams in the 2015 Australian Open semifinals next.

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