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Sport Keys routs Badosa, into Open's last eight

04:55  23 january  2022
04:55  23 january  2022 Source:   aap.com.au

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A resurgent Madison Keys is the first woman through to the Australian Open quarter-finals with a dominant fourth-round upset win over world No.6 Paula Badosa.

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Keys ran Badosa ragged in a 6-3 6-1 rout on Rod Laver Arena that vaulted the American into her eighth grand slam quarter-final — but first since the 2019 French Open.

A semi-finalist in Melbourne in 2015 and runner-up at the 2017 US Open, Keys had tumbled to 87th in the world before bursting back to form with a drought-breaking title triumph in Adelaide last weekend.

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Seemingly free of the hamstring injury that dogged her 2021 season, the one-time world No.7 has continued her revival at the Open.

Keys barely gave Badosa a sniff.

Fresh off her own tournament success last week in Sydney last week, Badosa was also riding an eight-match winning streak.

But something had to give on Sunday and it was the Spaniard, who coughed up 10 double-faults under the constant strain of trying to keep pace with Keys' relentless power and precision.

Under the pump from the get-go, and down a set and a break, Badosa had to fend off 10 break points before finally conjuring one of her own.

Having missed most of her own opportunities, Keys briefly cracked, dumping a forehand into the bottom of the net to offer Badosa a foothold back into the match at 1-1 in the second set.

But the fightback was only temporary as Keys reeled off the next five games to seal victory in just one hour and nine minutes.

"I served really well and returned really well so I was able to dictate," Keys said.

"I knew I was going to have to take my chances and just got for it because I knew if I'd have give her an inch, she would take it."

Keys will play either fourth-seeded French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova or two-time Open winner Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday for a place in the last eight.

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