Tennis-American Keys survives blip against Flipkens

Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:08pm EDT
 
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Madison Keys, the woman tipped as the most likely American successor to the Williams sisters, powered to a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory over Kirsten Flipkens in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday.

The ninth seed, a quarter-finalist last year, suffered a second-set blip against the experienced Belgian, and wavered again late on having roared into a 5-0 lead in the decider.

But she managed to nip the Flipkens comeback in the bud and will face Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in the next round.

Keys boasts the kind of destructive weapons ideally suited to grass, particularly a first serve that three-times Wimbledon champion Chris Evert describes as a match for the booming delivery of world number one Serena Williams.

It was not at its best against Flipkens, however, and she dropped serve three times in the match, although the 34 groundstroke winners she crunched kept her largely in control.

She suffered jitters in the third set, missing a backhand on match point when serving at 5-1 and dropped serve.

When world number 51 Flipkens held to trail 3-5 an unlikely comeback looked possible, but Keys kept calm and sealed victory when she forced her opponent into an error.

"I think at times I was a little bit too passive, which is why she was able to get back in the match and win that second set," Keys said.   Continued...

 
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 27/6/16 USA's Madison Key celebrates winning her match against Germany's Laura Siegemund REUTERS/Tony O'Brien