Madison Keys: It's been kind of nice to be the underdog

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Madison Keys: It's been kind of nice to be the underdog

World No. 51 Madison Keys thought she delivered a solid performance against No. 4 seed Barbora Krejcikova. Keys, a former world No. 7, saw off Krejcikova 6-3 6-2 to reach the Australian Open semifinal. "I think I played a pretty solid match today," Keys said in her post-match press conference, per the WTA website.

"Just so happy to be back in the semifinals here for the first time in a long time. "I think the biggest key is just being able to reel it back in and then refocus very quickly and catching yourself. I think that's the thing that I've been just really focusing on the most, is acknowledging when I'm either not playing the right way, getting ahead of myself, anything, just stopping it once it's a point or two or a game, versus all of a sudden you look up and it's been three or four games."

Keys playing patiently

"[I'm] really just trying to be a lot more measured and just playing within myself a little bit more, not necessarily trying to hit a winner on that ball, just constantly trying to set the point up to get to the net to try to finish it off on even the next ball.

If it happens to be a winner, then it happens to be a winner," Keys added. Keys, the Adelaide 2 champion, has now won her last 10 matches. "I have gone into every match thinking I can absolutely win any match that I'm out on the court," Keys said.

"I will say it's been kind of nice to be the underdog for the first time in a long time. It's really just not even in my head about winning and losing. It's really just going out, competing, trying to do what the game plan is."

Keys will be battling No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty for a place in the Australian Open final. Keys was beaten by Serena Williams in the 2015 Australian Open semifinal.