2016 Quick Hits
Week 1 Ranking: No.18
Year-End Ranking: No.8 (Career-High No.7, 10/10/2016)
Season Highlights: Title at Birmingham
Best Major Result: Fourth Round (Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open)
And while there will be inevitable frustration when she is kicking her heels back home in January, the American is certainly not in the doldrums. The reason for her upbeat mood is her other big piece of festive season news: the decision to reunite with former World No.1 Lindsay Davenport.
In 2015, under Davenport's tutelage, Keys made her breakthrough on tour, reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open and quarterfinals of Wimbledon. These showings, and her athletic game and potent serve, earned plenty of rave reviews, as well as some favorable comparisons with Davenport and the Williams sisters.
Since then, she has done nothing to discourage these parallels with her illustrious compatriots, making regular forays into the second week of the majors. The 22-year-old's recovery will prevent her from doing so again in Melbourne - a short-term setback which could well pay dividends down the line.
"Three days after the year-end WTA Championships, I had minor arthroscopic surgery on my left wrist," Keys said on Twitter. "The procedure was very short, did not involve any tendon issues and went very well.
"I just don't want to rush back and need to take my time to be fully ready to perform my best on the court."
The extra time training under Davenport's watchful eye stateside is sure to help fine-tune her game. And such are the standards at the top of the game, she will need to scale new heights if she is to take the next step: namely a place in the Top 5 and lifting some major silverware.
"I am very excited to be working with Lindsay again as she's helped me reach great results in the past and we make an excellent team," Keys added.
"While I've been training with Lindsay and at USTA in Orlando for a few weeks, I don't want to rush back and need to take my time to be fully able to perform at my best on court."