After playing some fantastic matches over the past few weeks, American youngster Madison Keys was forced to withdraw from her third round match against Yaroslava Shvedova due to a left thigh injury. it was a disappointing turnaround considering her earlier wins over Monica Puig and Koukalova.
“I had so much tape on me I could barely walk,” said Keys. “It just wasn’t happening.”
Keys was coming off her first ever WTA Tour title win last week in Eastbourne, where she defeated a gauntlet of top competitors including Jelena Jankovic, Lauren Davis, Heather Watson and Angelique Kerber. It would have been interesting to see how far Keys could have taken herself into the draw coming off that confidence boosting title win, but it appears the pain was far too great for her to handle.
“I was thinking, you know, ‘Try to get through the set, maybe it could finish, have the next day to recover, try to get better,’ ” Keys said.“It was definitely mostly pain. But it was also realizing, you know: This hurts really badly; I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Shvedova is scheduled to meet last year’s runner-up Sabine Lisicki in the Round of 16.