Madison Keys – Off to Great Start at 2016 French Open

Keys is into the third round with two comprehensive wins and some draw luck to boot.

Madison Keys was among the Day-5 winners on Thursday as the American handed Mariana Duque-Marino a loss in the second round of the 2016 French Open. The victory for Keys followed her first-round win that eliminated Donna Vekic from the tournament. Both matches saw identical line scores of 6-3, 6-2 meaning that, on game compilations, Keys is 24-10 in the tournament thus far.

With impressive form of late that only Serena Williams has been able to stop, Keys is also a player that has received a little bit of draw luck at this year’s French Open. The third round is when the seeded players normally start to clash however Keys will face 53rd-ranked Monica Puig. Surviving that, the American can face no one ranked higher than 29th-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the fourth round. With 3rd-seeded Angelique Kerber out early in the tournament, Keys’ quarter has shaped up as a brewing showdown between her and Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszsky.

The Swiss player is the No. 8 seed at this year’s tournament and last year she won her quarter, making the semifinal round. Bacsinszky is definitely a talented player that could challenge Keys for a spot in this year’s semifinals, however the way the American has come on of late you have to think that Keys should be full of confidence should she make it to the quarterfinal round as projected.

Venus Williams is also alive in Keys’ quarter and she was in tune in the last round, winning 6-2, 6-1 over fellow American Louisa Chirico. However Williams actually has a Cinderella feel to her at the French Open this year, even despite her No. 9 seeding. Her two match wins thus far at the French Open are as many as she’s had post-2010 at Roland Garros. The clock could strike midnight for her at any time now, with a tricky match coming up against France’s Alize Cornet.

Whoever survives the 2nd quarter of the draw will likely face Serena Williams in the semifinal round. The World No. 1 is into the third round without any troubles so far, however she does share a microsection with Kristina Mladenovic, Elina Svitolina, and Ana Ivanovic. There isn’t an unseeded player in that trio – and yet they only combine for a 1-12 record against the American. The top half of the French Open very much looks like it could produce an All-American semifinal with Bacsinszky the largest potential spoiler.

Shane Lambert