1

Errani Withstands Keys' Upset Bid

Sara Errani made very few mistakes against Madison Keys on Tuesday to begin what she hopes is yet another deep run at the French Open.

Published May 27, 2014 12:13

Errani Withstands Keys' Upset Bid
Sara Errani

PARIS, France - Tenth-seeded Sara Errani edged rising American Madison Keys in first round action Tuesday at the French Open.

The Plot
The WTA's No.2 teen, Keys came into this clash with four Top 20 wins under her belt. And while Italian No.1 Errani had her best Grand Slam showing here with a run to the final in 2012, in addition to a semifinal outing last year, she was still only 3-3 in French Open first round matches before Tuesday.

Keys' clay court season has been highlighted by her third WTA semifinal last week in Strasbourg, while Errani was a semifinalist in Stuttgart and runner-up in Rome.

Turning Point
Keys rallied from 5-1 down in the first set to knot it at 5-5, but Errani promptly broke serve and held to take the set. Keys then got the momentum again by capturing the second set, but Errani quickly righted the ship and from 1-1 in the third set did not surrender another game in her 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 triumph.

By The Numbers
Errani's 12 winners were far less than Keys' 53, but she had just 12 unforced errors compared to Keys' 69. She also converted on both of her break point chances in the third set and six of nine for the match.

Quotes
"Thanks for all the support," Keys tweeted. "The crowd was amazing. Got to keep getting better."

What's Next
Errani squares off with Germany's Dinah Pfizenmaier for the first time. Though there is still plenty of competition in her section of the draw, the loss of World No.2 and potential quarterfinal opponent Li Na could bode well for Errani's Roland Garros campaign.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Azarenka Overcomes Shaky Start

    September 16, 2014
    Kimiko Date-Krumm rolled back the years at the Toray Pan Pacific Open before injury and a resilient Victoria Azarenka ended her hopes.
  • Stosur Shocked In Guangzhou Opener

    September 16, 2014
    All five Asians in action at the Guangzhou International Women's Open on Tuesday were triumphant, and all five seeds were eliminated, including top-seeded Samantha Stosur.
  • WTA Diary: Vika's Scare

    September 16, 2014
    Catch up from all the latest WTA news, including shaky starts in Tokyo, Lucic-Baroni's long wait and a selection of the best tweets.
To The Top
3