Madison Keys vs Angelique Kerber, Rio Olympics SF Preview

2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro SF #2 Preview 🇧🇷
(7) 🇺🇸 Madison Keys vs (2) 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber

Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber will renew hostilities on Friday when they meet at the semi-final stage in Rio. The pair have met in a number of important matches over the last couple of years, it has been the German who has usually emerged victorious as she holds a 4-1 head-to-head record over Keys. Kerber is in great form this week and will again be a tough opponent for Keys.

Madison Keys has had a topsy-turvy week in Rio but has done extremely well to reach the semi-final stage in her first Olympic campaign. Madison started the week with a straight set win over Danka Kovinic before requiring three tight sets to get past Kristina Mladenovic and Carla Suarez Navarro. Madison booked her spot in the final four with a commanding 6-3 6-1 win over Daria Kasatkina, arguably her best performance of the week.

 

Angelique Kerber has been relatively untroubled on route to the semi-final stage in Rio, the German is yet to drop a set this week and is continuing her outstanding results at major tournaments in 2016. Angie’s victims this week were: Marian Duque-Marino, Eugenie Bouchard, Samantha Stosur and Johanna Konta. Kerber also saved her performance thus far for the quarter-final stage where she thumped Johanna Konta 6-1 6-2.

Kerber holds a 4-1 head-to-head record over Keys, the German has won the last two meetings between the pair and all three of their previous matches on a hard court. The most recent match between the pair was earlier this year in Miami where Kerber claimed a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win.

I suspect Kerber will once again get the better of Keys. The German’s consistency and defensive abilities often frustrate Keys into going for too much, this could be a big factor on this occasion because the court in Rio are quite slow and will give the German more time. Kerber is the form player on the tour so I can’t go against her here.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Madison Keys in 3 sets

5 thoughts on “Madison Keys vs Angelique Kerber, Rio Olympics SF Preview”

    1. Oov, this is nothing to do with me. It seems that you continue to make some stupid remarks here. If you bet on Kerber, good on you and hope you dont lose money.

  1. Taking keys for this one… Although kerber is playing amazing and had a straight forward win against keys in miami, keys has matured so much coming into the olympics.. Won her 2nd title, got to the final in a CLAY tournament which shows her patience.. She also is closing the net better to end points.. But I guess it depends which keys comes out of the gate, error prone or flaming winners

  2. It was typical of the entire match in that Kerber’s consistency and ability to keep the ball in play put the onus on Keys to hit winners, which she did 34 times. But she also had 41 unforced errors and couldn’t string together enough points to dent Kerber’s serve. Kerber finished with 10 winners and eight unforced errors. Though Keys didn’t give in after losing the game at 4-4 and saved four match points, she will walk away disappointed that she couldn’t cash in this rare opportunity for a career breakthrough at the Olympics.

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