LONDON, Great Britain - No.10 seed Madison Keys made a winning start to her Wimbledon campaign, needing just over an hour to see off Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets.
The former quarterfinalist notched a 6-4, 6-2 victory to move into the second round, extending her first-round record at Wimbledon to 6-0.
“It’s always tough to play someone that you know pretty well, but also you have your first round nerves too so it’s a weird combination,” Keys said afterward. “I’m just happy to be through.
“Not only happy with how I played and executed what I wanted to do but more how I handled my nerves.”
The first set of their matchup was tightly contested, with five of the nine games going to deuce. Keys grabbed the lone break for a 3-2 lead early on, and her powerful serve kept her just out of Tomljanovic’s reach - she didn’t face a break point all match.
Keys zoomed ahead in the second set, breaking twice to reel off the last five games in a row and book her spot into the second round after just 62 minutes.
The American’s big serve was the key to her victory, with Keys winning 86% of points behind her first serve and firing four aces past Tomljanovic. As a result, she didn’t face a single break point during the match, and was able to put the pressure on her opponent, breaking three times in six opportunities.
“Every single match I have ever played, no matter the level, the round, anything, I have always felt nervous,” Keys admitted in press. “It's obviously different levels… and obviously everyone handles nerves differently.
“But for me I feel like my feet get a lot heavier and I get slower, but the biggest thing is just the nervous energy that you feel. The butterflies and all of that.. I definitely feel it before every match just because, you know, you care. You want to win.”
Up next, she’ll face Luksika Kumkhum in the second round after the Thai player came back from a set down to knock out Bernarda Pera, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.