NEW YORK – A win against Serena this week guarantees a place in history. It means your name will be remembered more readily than some of the foreign players who have actually raised the trophy in Flushing Meadows. It means that 20 years from now, Serena’s droves of fans hear your name and say, “Ohhh, the one that beat Serena that year.”
Madison Keys is just fine with that. “She’s won four in a row and she’s going for the calendar year," Keys said Friday. "That’s great, but at the same time I want to win.”
“I’d be okay with beating her, yeah,” she said when asked what she thought of being remembered as the villain in this tale. She didn’t seem to completely understand the question. Of course she wants to win. But does she want the ire of Serena’s fans?
Plenty of women have beaten Serena in her career. Three even did it in Grand Slam championship matches. To beat Serena this week though, would be remarkable. No one has managed to outlast her in a Grand Slam match this year. Only twoRead More »from Madison Keys is okay with being the villain in Serena's summer