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Keys vs Maria WTA Charleston Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Keys attempts to snap three-match losing streak

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 3 Apr 2019
  • Madison Keys vs Tatjana Maria is live from Charleston on Wednesday, 3 April from 7:00pm local time/ 12:00am BST (Thursday morning)
  • Keys leads 2-0 on head-to-head (4-0 in sets)

Former world No. 7, Madison Keys begins her Charleston campaign on Wednesday, when she takes on German, Tatjana Maria in the second round.

Keys is attempting to end a three-match losing streak, which began with a fourth-round loss to Elina Svitolina at the Australian Open, and stretched into opening round defeats at Indian Wells and Miami to Mona Barthel and Samantha Stosur respectively.

In between the Australian Open and the Premier Mandatory tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami, she went 1-1 in the Fed Cup, beating Kimberly Birrell and losing to Ashleigh Barty as the USA went down to Australia in the quarter finals.

Keys has had a strange couple of seasons. Despite posting some big results at the majors, the American has been constantly hampered by injuries, and has generally struggled for consistency. She had her most consistent season in 2016, when she reached her career-high ranking of No. 7, but she underwent wrist surgery at the end of that season and missed the start of 2017. Almost out of nowhere, Keys reached the US Open final later in the year, losing to Sloane Stephens.

She again saved her best for the big tournaments in 2018, reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows, and making the quarter finals of the Australian Open. Outside those, her only other notable results were a semi-final in Charleston and a quarter final in Cincinnati. She played only three tournaments after the US Open, scratching out a 3-3 record as she literally limped over the finish line. The American retired from a third round meeting with Angelique Kerber in Wuhan due to a knee injury, while she withdrew from a scheduled encounter with Anastasija Sevastova in Beijing. She had one last stop in Zhuhai, beating Daria Kasatkina before losing Qiang Wang as she crashed out in the round robin phase of the WTA Elite Trophy. 

Her start to 2019 has not been great, as she is only 4-4 for the year (Fed Cup included)- can she get something going in Charleston? She has played well on the green clay in the past, reaching the final in 2015 and the semi-finals last year. She opens against an Tatjana Maria on Wednesday.

German, Maria arrived Charleston in good form, having made the fourth round of the Miami Open, beating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Camila Giorgi and Sloane Stephens to record her best ever result at WTA Premier tournaments. Her run was ended by Marketa Vondrousova in the Round of 16.

Maria backed up that performance with a solid 6-2 7-5 victory over Russia's Natalia Vikhlyantseva in her Charleston opener to set up Wednesday's second round meeting with Keys.

Maria had made an ordinary start to the season, losing her first three main draw matches in Shenzhen, Sydney and the Australian Open. She found more joy at the WTA 125K level, reaching the semi-finals in Newport Beach. She finally registered her first tour-level wins in Acapulco and Indian Wells, reaching the second round at both tournaments, before reaching another 125K semi-final in Guadalajara. Her steady improvements through the season peaked with that fourth round run in Miami. Can she take it even higher in Charleston where she is bidding to reach the third round for the first time in her fourth attempt?

The 31-year-old, who took a break from the tour between June 2013 and April 2014 to have her baby, will certainly have designs on making the most of her current good form and possibly add to her solitary WTA title (won in Mallorca in 2018), and beat her previous highest ranking of 46th, attained at the end of 2017. She is currently ranked 59th in the world.

Maria has lost her two previous meetings to Keys- both in straight sets at Wimbledon 2015 and the 2017 US Open- but she should get closer to the American on Wednesday.

While the match-up is still very much in Keys favour because of her ability to power through Maria, the former top-ten star has been severely short of match wins lately, and against a clever opponent like Maria, who has also been in fine form, there's a very good chance of the upset here.

Madison Keys vs Tatjana Maria is live from Charleston on Wednesday, 3 April from 7:00pm local time/ 12:00am BST (Thursday morning)

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Keys vs Maria WTA Charleston Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Keys attempts to snap three-match losing streak

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