Madison Keys – 2016 US Open Schedule Day 1

Keys is scheduled to close Arthur Ashe Stadium on Day 1 with an evening session match against a compatriot.

Madison Keys played well at the 2016 Rio Olympics, however she had to be incredibly disappointed to leave the event without a medal. After making the semifinals, the American went 0-2 in the last of her matches. In doing so, she became the only singles player in the medal rounds not to take anything home and, unfortunately for American tennis fans, the news has not improved for her since.

Last week Keys pulled out of the Connecticut Open draw, a tournament held in New Haven. The American claimed that she hurt neck while practicing: ”I probably hit (the ball) late….As soon as I finished the stroke I knew that I did something,” she said. Keys also missed the Cincinnati event in the previous week, meaning that she has not had any match play since the Rio Olympics.

But if Keys is just a little rusty, then at least she is the 8th seed at the 2016 US Open. Her season to date has been a successful one and the reward for her efforts is a draw that avoids the tournament favorites for several rounds. Keys, as the 8th seed, won’t have to face anyone higher ranked than her until at least the quarterfinals. Accordingly, she should have a chance to work in a couple of victories against peripheral players to try to rediscover her best form after missing some time.

On Monday Keys will face Alison Riske, a fellow American player that has gone out in the first round of eight straight Grand Slams. If Keys can fade an upset there, then she is guaranteed to play another lower-ranked American with both Madison Brengle and 16 year old Kayla Day in Keys’ microsection. In the third round, it’s likely that Keys will face an American again as Coco Vandeweghe is close in the draw.

However, one thing to note with Keys is the recent injury. Typically players that suffer an injury in the weeks leading into a major do not do well in the Grand Slam. It doesn’t sound as though Keys’ neck is a big deal, but the injury is certainly one to be aware of.

Other show-court Day 1 matches for women’s singles include Roberta Vinci vs. Anna-Lena Friedsam, Polona Hercog vs. Angelique Kerber, Francesca Schiavone vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Elise Mertens vs. Garbine Muguruza.

Keys’ match is the 2nd one in the evening session for Arthur Ashe, a session that starts at 7pm. She and Riske will follow Novak Djokovic’s first-round match against Jerzy Janowicz.

Shane Lambert
    • Vicki

      Madison was out on practice court sliding after balls. I don’t think I’d read too much into this recent injury. i think her withdrawal from New Haven had more to do with make sure she’s right for the US open. Riske do have the potential to be a banana peel match for Madison if she not totally on her game. If Madison play anywhere near her max she wins in straight set.