World No. 6 Paula Badosa was full of praise for 51st-ranked Madison Keys following their Australian Open clash. Badosa, seeded at No. 8, entered the match as the favorite but was dismantled by Keys. Keys, who won the Adelaide 2 title last week, cruised past Badosa 6-3 6-1 to reach the Australian Open quarterfinal.
"Sometimes I was serving 180. I had to look what the serve said because I didn't understand how a winner came back that fast," Badosa said, per WTA Insider. "I thought I was serving bad. Then I saw it was her game, that she was playing very, very good.
"Madison, she's like that”.
Badosa stood no chance against Keys
Keys made a strong start to the match, having taken an early 3-0 lead. Keys continued pressuring Badosa's serve but the Spaniard saved a break point in the fourth game and four more break points in the sixth game.
Failing to convert break points in the fourth and sixth game didn't impact Keys as she routinely served out for the first set in the ninth game. Keys then broke Badosa in the opening game of the second set but Badosa broke back immediately in the following game.
Badosa's game completely shut down after she claimed the first break of the match as Keys claimed three consecutive breaks to finish the match on a five-game run. "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.. "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."