Madison Keys overcame good friend Sloane Stephens to reach the Semi-finals of the Volvo Car Open. Seeded No.8 for the tournament, Keys had to battle past her fellow American 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-2 after two hours and 14 minutes. “I think a lot of the previous encounters I had been trying to do too much,” Keys said while speaking to the press post her match.
I was just trusting that I can stay in points and I can stay in rallies. And I don’t have to rush and try to hit a winner off the first ball. I think that was the biggest part from today”. The love and respect the two have for each other was visible once the match finished with Keys embracing Stephens with the two smiling at each other.
“It’s always hard to play a friend, so on that side of it you’re obviously not going to be saying ‘come on’ in each others’ faces or anything like that,” she said. “But, I mean, we’ve been friends forever.
So if she circles a mark and says it’s out, I’m going to believe her”. She next takes on the winner of Monica Puig and Danielle Collins. “Honestly, either match is going to be difficult, difficult in different ways,” Keys analysed.
“Monica has obviously had some good upsets and good matches this week”. “I haven’t really gotten to see any matches of either of them, so looking forward to seeing her tonight. And Danielle is obviously feisty and a fighter and goes for a lot of shots, so you have to be ready when you have your opportunities”.