Keys justifies the hype with show of power

Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:53pm EDT
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By Sarah Young

LONDON (Reuters) - Still buzzing from her first WTA title a few days ago, American teenager Madison Keys showed again why she is being tipped for a big future as she powered into Wimbledon's second round on Tuesday.

Hurling down 25 clean winners, including seven aces, she had too much weaponry for Puerto Rico's Monica Puig in a 6-3 6-3 win.

After winning the prestigious Eastbourne grasscourt tournament last week, large crowds wedged in around an outside court at the All England Club to watch the 19-year-old world No.30 - and they were not disappointed.

With the taste of success still fresh, the Florida-based player, who has clocked up the fastest serve on the women's tour this year (126mph), said she is hungry for more of the same.

"It feels really good. There was definitely a moment on Saturday where I was like, this would be awesome if it happened every week," she told reporters after the match, calling the title her "biggest milestone" to date.

The victory in Eastbourne prompted last year's women's champion Marion Bartoli to name Keys as a possible contender for the Wimbledon ladies single crown, while former world No.1 Chris Evert is another predicting big things from her.

Keys, who took up tennis aged four after watching Venus Williams playing at Wimbledon on television, is unfazed by the weight of expectation on her shoulders.

"We're not really concerned with the country's pressure," she said, speaking about herself and the other young guns fingered for future U.S. success.   Continued...

Madison Keys of the U.S. serves the ball to Sara Errani of Italy during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 27, 2014.                       REUTERS/Stephane Mahe