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Madison Keys through to semifinals at Volvo Car Open

Photo courtesy: Volvo Car Open

The historic Volvo Car Open in Charleston is looking to add another name to its long list of champions.

The tournament, which began in 1973, has had some of the biggest names in women's tennis come out with the trophy. Legends from Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova to Venus and Serena Williams have left Charleston as the winner.

This year, young American Madison Keys hopes to be the next one to lift the historic trophy. Keys, the 2017 US Open finalist, had to grind out a tough win against fellow American Bernarda Pera in the quarterfinals.

Keys was up 6-2, 6-5 with two match points before Pera came storming back to take the second set in a tiebreak. Keys then found herself down 5-4 in the third set before winning the final three games of the match to advance to the semifinals.

"I think matches like this are really great," Keys said. "You have to figure things out and you have to get through tough moments. I think those are the matches you look back on, not only in this tournament, but later on in the season. You can think back to how you got through a tough match like this."

In the semifinals on Saturday, Keys will play either Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands or Alize Cornet of France. Bertens is more of a power player while Cornet is very crafty.

Keys said she's ready for either one no matter who wins.

"They're obviously two very different players," Keys said. "Kiki is gonna be similar to today whereas if it's Alize then it's a totally different match and I have to dictate."

Keys was the runner-up in Charleston in 2015 where she lost to Angelique Kerber.










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