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Keys vs Diyas WTA Osaka Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Keys battles Diyas for Osaka quarter final spot

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 17 Sep 2019
  • Madison Keys vs Zarina Diyas is live from Osaka on Wednesday, 18 September from 12:30pm local time/ 4:30am BST
  • Keys won their only previous encounter at the 2016 Australian Open
Madison Keys (PA Sport)

Madison Keys continues her campaign at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Wednesday when she plays Kazakh qualifier, Zarina Diyas in the second round.

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Keys got her Osaka bid up and running with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Daria Kasatkina, extending her dominance over the Russian to 6-0. The American did not have her best serving day against Kasatkina, as she served at only 48%, winning 68% of points on her first serve, and getting broken four times, but she made up for that with solid numbers on the return of serve, restricting Kasatkina to under 50% of points won on both her first and second serves. 

"I feel good, I’m always a little bit nervous ahead of my first matches," Keys said, after the match. "It’s always hard to get out there and get all the nerves out, I started a little slow but I was really happy to get the win."

Keys' form has fluctuated all season, but she is in the midst of a useful run of form that has seen her win 10 of her last 11 matches. The American powered to the Cincinnati title, beating multiple Grand Slam champions, Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova along the way, while she made the fourth round of the US Open, taking out Misaki Doi, Lin Zhu and Sofia Kenin before falling to a red-hot Elina Svitolina. 

That Cincinnati title was her second of the season, as she had earlier gone all the way on the green clay of Charleston, accounting for Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Caroline Wozniacki in another solid week. Keys also made the quarter finals at Roland Garros and the fourth round of the Australian Open, but scattered amongst all of that were opening round exits at Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Washington and Toronto.

The American briefly returned to the top-ten after her Cincinnati success, but she has since slipped to 16th, after falling short in her defence of semi-final points from the US Open last year. She isn't defending anything this week, meaning there are points to be had, and she will aim to reach the quarter finals in Osaka when she plays Diyas on Wednesday.


After retiring from a second round meeting with Nao Hibino in Hiroshima last week, Diyas has been playing very well in Osaka, getting through qualifying without much problems and dismissing Monica Puig 6-0 6-3 in the first round of the main draw.

She will now attempt to reach her second tour-level quarter final of the season when she plays Keys on Wednesday. Diyas' only previous quarter final in 2019 was in Washington last month, when she defeated Cori Gauff and Lesia Tsurenko before falling to Camila Giorgi.

The 25-year-old has been ranked as high as No. 31 in the world, a position she reached back in 2015, but she was dragged down the ranking by a wrist injury which kept her out of action for the second half of 2016, and the start of 2017. Diyas fell as low as 242nd in April 2017, but she did a terrific job of working her way back into the top 100 by the end of that season, finishing at 66th. She got as high as 45th in 2018, but ended at 89th, but she dropped out of the top 100 in March this year after a poor start to the season.

Diyas won just two tour level matches between the start of the year and Wimbledon, but she has been marginally better post Wimbledon, reaching the last eight in Washington, and winning main draw matches in Cincinnati (against Jessica Pegula), Hiroshima (against Danka Kovinic), and Osaka (against Monica Puig).

Diyas, now ranked 85th in the world, has also had some good results at lower tier events all through the year, winning a title in Gifu, reaching finals in Manchester and Fukuoka, and making the semis at the WTA 125K tournament at Indian Wells. 

Diyas fell 7-6 6-1 to Madison Keys in their only previous meeting at the 2016 Australian Open, and as is often the case with Keys, the outcome one pretty much lies on the American's racket.

If Keys has a good serving day, and finds her range off the ground, the No. 4 seed will be too strong for Diyas.

Madison Keys vs Zarina Diyas is live from Osaka on Wednesday, 18 September from 12:30pm local time/ 4:30am BST


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Keys vs Diyas WTA Osaka Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Keys battles Diyas for Osaka quarter final spot

Madison Keys continues her campaign at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Wednesday when she takes on Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the second round. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online

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