Former world No. 7 Madison Keys spoke extremely highly of world No. 19 Cori Gauff after beating the 17-year-old in the Adelade 2 semifinal. Keys, now ranked at No. 87 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Gauff 3-6 6-2 7-5 and reach the Adelaide final.
After losing the first set, Keys bounced back in the second as she broke Gauff twice to force a decider. Gauff recovered from a break down in the third set but Keys claimed her second break of the set in the 12th game to book a three-set win.
“Coco is a phenomenal player,” Keys said, per the WTA website. “I knew I was going to have to play some of my best tennis. She’s such a good mover that you have to win the point two and three times because she’s so good at resetting the point.
“After the first set I think I did a good job of resetting and really being in the moment. Really happy to be in the final.”
Keys explains what she tried to do against Gauff
“The biggest thing I was really trying to focus on was just trying to get in patterns that I wanted to play,” Keys added.
“I felt like I was letting her dictate a little bit too much. Just really trying to push her back off the baseline a little bit more, move her a little bit more, which is tough because she’s very good defensively.”
Keys hasn’t won a WTA title since the 2019 Cincinnati Masters. Keys will be battling Alison Riske in the Adelaide final. “It means probably a lot more than anyone would even know,” Keys said. “It’s definitely not my biggest final I’ve ever been in, but it means a lot after the year that I had.
I am just really enjoying tennis again and trying to not act as if every match is the last match that I’ll ever play in my life.”