Madison Keys  defeated Garbiñe Muguruza  6-3, 6-2
When seeds work as well as they have at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, all eight reaching the quarter-final round, no subsequent results can be truly surprising. In the semi-final round played on Saturday, Madison Keys improved her already strong H2H record over Garbiñe Muguruza to 3-0 with a decisive 6-3, 6-2 victory.
The first two games of Keys and Muguruza’s match were marked by the setting sun striking the server in the eyes at uncomfortable angle that both would later say contributed to early breaks that had no bearing on the match. After the sun had fully set, Key did not break a second time until she earned the critical 5-3.
True to form, Keys was able to rely on her serve, with five aces and a 62% first serve percentage rate and a remarkable 74% of first serve points won.
Speaking with press, Garbiñe Muguruza was in fairly good spirits, smiling and looking forward to the rest of the US Open Series. Reflecting on the defeat she said:
“I think the key was, the key of Keys was the serve, and I think she played well. I made a few mistakes, in the important moments also, that didn’t go my way and I struggled a little bit yeah.”
Muguruza went on to acknowledge that she does have some special drive that helps her in the grand slam tournaments, somethings her critics have been saying since her French Open win.
“[At Slams] I find the way somehow. I’m extra motivated. I don’t know, what is it? That I love the big tournaments, I guess? I play well there.”
Reflecting on her own game, Madison Keys cited a general consistency rather than any one shot within the match as the key to her success: “
Everything was just really solid. I wasn’t really going for winners or doing anything amazing it was just really solid, smart tennis.”
In the semi-final clash of Southern versus Northern California, the South prevailed in Coco Vandweghe when she beat CiCi Bellis 6-3, 6-1. While Bellis was moving well, it was not enough to compete with Vandweghe’s power that pushed her uncomfortably far behind the baseline and took control out of her game.
Keys v Vandeweghe is scheduled on Stadium Court at 2pm (10pm BST).
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