14-year-old Keys Wins Opener at WTA Ponte Vedra; Keys Profile
Posted on April 6, 2009
Fourteen-year-old Madison Keys won in her WTA Tour debut on Monday at The MPS Group Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, upsetting Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva 7-5, 6-4.
The Boca Raton resident came back from 2-5 in the first set, then won a back-and-forth second set to advance.
Keys could next face top seed Nadia Petrova if the Russian wins her opening-round match.
Keys joins a select list of players who've won a tour match before 14 years and two months: Mary Joe Fernandez (1985, 13 years, 6 mos.), Jennifer Capriati (1990, 13 years, 11 mos.), Steffi Graf (1983, 13 years, 11 mos.), Martina Hingis (1994, 14 mos.), Kathy Rinaldi (1981, 14 mos.), Tracy Austin (1977, 14 years, 1 mos.), and Michelle Larcher de Brito (2007, 14 years, 1 mos.).
The 14-year-old was a wildcard entrant, with her only experience at the pro level losing first round earlier this year at a lower-level ITF event.
Keys won the ITF Coffee Bowl junior event in January and reached the Girls' 16s final at the Dunlop Orange Bowl last December.
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