Equipped with a dreamy draw, Madison Keys has snapped up her berth in the final eight of Wimbledon. Last year, she won Eastbourne but then an injury forced to retire from a delayed third round match against Yaroslava Shvedova. This year she lost early in Eastbourne, trounced in fact by Belinda Bencic, 6-2 6-2. She came into Wimby fit and healthy but without matches; she got fortunate with the draw and has worked her way through it. Keys’s form has not been impressive at all but she’s been getting the wins. Against Stefanie Voegele in the first round, Keys was down a break and a set and against Olga Govortsova in the fourth round, she was also forced to come from a set down before edging a tight second set. Keys produced some remarkable defence on set point to force a decider. She lost her serve immediately at the start of the third set but played a sound game to break back before winning the next five games.
Radwanska is back in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon which never looked likely after she was dumped out of the first round of Roland Garros by Annika Beck. She had worrying losses to Monica Niculescu (5-7 6-4 6-0, semi-finals) and Belinda Bencic (6-4 4-6 6-0, final) at Nottingham and Eastbourne respectively but showed some great form before those matches. At Wimbledon, Radwanska was untroubled by two big hitters, Lucie Hradecka and Ajla Tomljanovic in the first two rounds and then produced a second set comeback to defeat Casey Dellacqua in straights. In the fourth round, Radwanska produced a majestic performance to take out Jelena Jankovic, 7-5 6-4. It was a wonderful match full of inventive rallies, plenty of shots at the net and both players being dragged to all positions of the court. Jankovic didn’t play a bad match at all, in fact she played a pretty great match. Radwanska just had that bit more court craft.
Radwanska leads the head-to-head against Keys, 3-0. Their closest match came at Wimbledon where Keys pushed Radwanska all the way in an entertaining three setter, 7-5 4-6 6-3. Form suggests Aga all the way. I can’t believe i’m even considering a Keys win because she has not played well at all. I’ve just got this nagging feeling that Keys might do something extraordinary. Keys is now in the quarters and i’m waiting for that moment where it all just clicks into place for her… i’m waiting for it, but I wonder if it’s just not coming!
I put my hands up here… this could be a hilarious misjudgement as if Keys is not on her game and can’t get her serve going, Radwanska will absolutely dance past her in two, easy sets. I still worry though that Aga is vulnerable after the year she has been through and what happened in Eastbourne where she was clearly choked losing in the final with a third set bagel. Again, please read the preview and don’t just judge the prediction because i’m really, really, really on the fence!
Prediction: Keys d. Radwanska in 3 sets