American Madison Keys says she is happy with her performance after her second round win at the US Open and hopes to get better as the tournament progresses. Keys, a former finalist at the US Open, scored a convincing 6-2, 6-1 win over Spain's Aliona Bolsova on Thursday in New York.
Speaking to the media after her win, Keys says, "I'm very happy with how I have been playing so far. I think I served well and I returned really well again today. That's been a big focus for me. I am really happy with all of that, but at the end of the day it's just another win.
I'm looking forward to continuing to get better and keep playing better and better hopefully as the tournament goes on for me."
Madison Keys says getting back to competition mode has been difficult for all players
The American had played only one match coming into the US Open since January due to the tour shutdown - a first round loss at the Western & Southern Open - and said getting back to the competition mode after so many months of being away from the tour has been a challenge for all players.
"It's just a little bit different than playing, just going out and practising every day. You all of a sudden have someone on the other side of the net who wants to win just as badly as you do. And to keep yourself competitive but not getting too down on yourself when you're not playing well.
And being able to bring your own energy and get yourself back into that competitive mode is something that takes a little bit of time. I know it's something that we're all dealing with. And I think for the most part watching everyone, it's been really impressive how quickly everyone has gotten that back."
Her next match will be against Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, whom she has beaten on both the occasions they have met so far, but the Keys is not underestimating her opponent. "I think Alize is really good at getting a lot of balls back and just making you play that one extra shot.
So being really patient and waiting for the right shot and not getting discouraged if she does run down an extra ball or two is always one of the biggest challenges when playing her." 25 year old Madison Keys reached the final at the US Open in 2017. She has also reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open in 2015 and the French Open in 2018.