Nineteen-year-old Madison Keys began her 2015 season at the Brisbane International, upsetting 2014 Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, and then defeating two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova the following week at the Apia International Sydney.
Keys carried that momentum into the Australian Open, where she defeated three Top 30 players, Casey Dellacqua, Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams, en route to her first Grand Slam semifinal. The young American would eventually fall to World No.1 Serena Williams in the semifinals. Following the Australian Open she rose to a career-high ranking of World No.20.
For that reason she has been named January's WTA Rising Star Of The Month.
"She's so awesome, she's so positive, just a great player. It was an honor for me to play someone who will be ranked No.1 in the future."
Final Results for January's WTA Rising Star of the Month
2015 WTA Rising Star of the Month Winners
How it works:
Three finalists are selected by wtatennis.com
Winner is then determined by a fan vote on wtatennis.com