Australian Open 2016: Madison Keys Eyeing Greater Glory After Reshuffling Coaching Team
Madison Keys announced her arrival in professional tennis by making it to the semifinals of the Australian Open and quarter finals of the Wimbledon. The 20-year-old U.S. sensation is back in Melbourne Park, after some reshuffling of her coaching stuff.Advertisement
Keys edged past Yaroslava Shvedova 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the third round of the tournament. She is eyeing greater glory in majors this season.
Keys is no longer under former star and high-profile coach Lindsay Davenport. Enter men’s touring pro Jesse Levine. She retains her fitness chief Scott Byrnes. The latest addition is physio and masseuse Konstantinos “Danny” Koubourtsis. And Keys has made some required adjustments in her game to match the best.
“I think 2015 was a great year and it did a lot of good things, but there is definitely a lot that I want to keep working on, like being consistent,” said Keys, who survived set points in her first-round match Tuesday. She played Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday.
“Last year was great and wonderful and people are going to try to measure me up to what I did then, but for me it’s a new year and that doesn’t matter. I have to go out and give everything that I have that day and do the absolute best I can and not think about the process.”
Davenport helped Keys to lift her game, but she’s committed to a television channel as a commentator and a mother of four children, which limited her travel. Keys required a more dynamic person to guide her.