NEW YORK — It could be stunning that Madison Keys is being nearly ignored at this US Open, particularly contemplating she made the ultimate final yr.

However after successful her fourth-round match 6-1, 6-Three, with none fanfare, in opposition to 29th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, Keys stated she’s completely OK with not being the focal point.

“It is, , type of good to be beneath the radar,” stated Keys, 23. “Both approach, I am fairly used to it both approach. This one simply looks as if it is somewhat bit extra low key.”

The 14th-seeded Keys additionally provided her opinion on why she has escaped discover.

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“There’s a bunch of huge tales, clearly,” she stated. “Serena (Williams) is again. Sloane (Stephens, the defending champion) is enjoying very well. There’s only a lot happening this yr.”

Technically talking, Keys is navigating  the US Open with no full-time coach after splitting with David Taylor after Cincinnati, the place she reached the quarterfinals, final month.

However, the 23-year-old isn’t actually feeling coach-less with Ola Malmqvist, head of Ladies’s Tennis for the US Tennis Affiliation, and longtime adviser Lindsay Davenport, a three-time Grand Slam champion, stepping in to fill the void. US Fed Cup captain Kathy Rinaldi is also providing help.

“Ola has been serving to since I obtained right here,” she stated. “Kathy Rinaldi helped me somewhat bit earlier within the week. Lindsay has been right here. So I really feel like I’ve lots of people round me. You realize, they’re at all times tremendous supportive, it doesn’t matter what, and so they all stepped up and stated that we’re 100 % right here for you. Truthfully, it feels no completely different than anyplace else.”

Keys admits to being curious to see the way it will really feel if she hasn’t but picked a full-time coach and goes off to imminent tournaments on her personal.

“I feel it simply places all — it is all on me,” she stated. “You realize, I’ve to be the one on the market to determine it out, and difficult occasions, and all of that. It is undoubtedly enjoyable, nevertheless it makes me actually suppose and be accountable.”

Keys arrived in New York with scant hardcourt play having withdrawn from San Jose and Montreal forward of Cincinnati with a cyst, which needed to be drained, on her proper wrist. Earlier in her profession, Keys had left wrist points, which resulted in surgical procedure.

When Keys secured a semifinal slot at this yr’s French Open — her greatest exhibiting on the dust courtroom main — she improved her profession résumé to having reached a minimum of the quarterfinals in any respect 4 Grand Slams.

Her different Grand Slam outcomes this season have been quarterfinals in Australia and the third spherical at Wimbledon.

Keys is an enormous server and moreover six aces in opposition to Cibulkova, she received 83 % of her first-serve factors and 65 % of her second-serve factors within the match.

“I really feel like right this moment I performed very well,” Keys stated. “I feel I served properly, aside from one recreation. And aside from that, I feel I did a very good job to remain in some essential video games the place I used to be down love-30 or 15-40. That is what I am most pleased about and what I’ve been .”

Heading into the Open, Keys’ file confirmed her to have one of many strongest serving data of the yr on tour. She positioned at No. Three with a 61.6 % file on serve factors received, No. 5 with 75.1 % of service video games received, and No. 6 with  a 69.5 % file on first serve factors received this season.

In her first three matches in New York, she was in second place with a 78 % file for first serve factors received.

Keys will play the winner of Monday evening’s fourth-round match between 22nd-ranked Maria Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, and 30th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, within the quarterfinals.


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