Madison Keys: My mindset let me play that good tennis against Paula Badosa

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Madison Keys: My mindset let me play that good tennis against Paula Badosa

Madison Keys was more than happy with her Australian Open round-of-16 performance against Paula Badosa. On Sunday, Keys delivered an outstanding performance as she surprised No. 6 seed Paula Badosa 6-3 6-1 to reach the quarterfinal at Melbourne Park.

"I'm really happy with how I played today. I think I served a lot better than I did in the last match. I think I returned well. I think overall I just started off either neutral or kind of ahead in the point. I had a lot of opportunities to try to move forward," Keys said, per the WTA website.

"I think just my mindset really let me play that good tennis. That's really what I've been trying to focus on, just giving myself the opportunity to allow myself to play tennis like I did today."

Keys now has a 10-1 record in 2022

Keys, who captured the Adelaide 2 title the week before the Australian Open, is now hoping to win her maiden Grand Slam title.

"I think it obviously gets harder just because you get tighter and it's bigger moments. Even in the finals in Adelaide, I started incredibly nervous and I felt that. Just acknowledging it, accepting it, not trying to fight it and pretend that it's not happening has been probably the best thing that I've done," she said.

"Almost kind of just like force myself through it instead of trying to fight it. Not just pretend that it's not happening, but just accepting it I think has been the biggest thing. Knowing that it's going to happen, [and] just be prepared for it."

Keys plays next fourth-seeded Barbora Krejcikova. "I think she's kind of just making tennis look easy. It seems like no matter what people are doing, she very quickly figures it out and has another game plan to quickly implement," Keys said of Krejcikova.

"Then I think the other thing about her is that she's also an incredible doubles player. She moves forward so naturally that I feel like if you give her the opportunity, she's just on top of you all of a sudden, then she's at the net.

Obviously, it's not easy to pass her. ... An incredibly difficult matchup."