Madison Keys has just reminded us of her clay court skills with her first title on the surface.
Madison’s year has been a bit flat. R4 exit in Melbourne to Svitolina was followed by a slight break in February before returning to the sunshine double where she lost in R1 at both events.
Madison is a bit of a funny one, I’ve watched her for many years and I still think she will win a major and be top 5 soon but there still seems to be more question marks over when and maybe how?
It’s a funny one as in four of the last six majors she has made at least the quarter finals and has semi-finals of Roland Garros to defend in just over a months time.
The issue to why she isn’t higher in the rankings and right now top 10 where her talent can take her is a lack of consistency and building of momentum has stopped her. There are good but in-different results at majors and I was fascinated to see that at Premier Mandatory events she has a win/loss of 25/25.
Madison was so impressive throughout the week, her ground strokes were exceptional especially the backhand down the line which completely caused issue after issue for Wozniacki in the final.
Her route to the final saw her win against Maria, Ostapenko, Sloane, Puig and of course Wozniacki.
Win or lose this final it was still a massive week for Madison. This win has really opened up the conversation about her chances on clay and given us a reminder of what she can do and these next few weeks before Roland Garros will be very interesting and it is great to see Madison playing so well!