Host Andy Taylor | The Voice of the US Open | Photo: USTA / Garrett Ellwood
 Madison Keys -14- (USA) def  Carla Suarez Navarro -24- (ESP) | 64 63
Madison Keys knows her strength. She’s a ball-striker. The more pace from her opponent, the better. This requires embracing a healthy dose of risk. Even on a good night, the unforced-error column can look sloppy. But during those good nights, the winner count is generously higher than her opponent’s.
That’s Madison’s steady formula. When it works, it’s a sight to behold. When the night is packed with misses, it can be tough to watch.
Take tonight’s clash with Carla Suarez Navarro, for example. It worked.
Carla can be crafty – consistently changing pace, setting up dynamic winners for her photogenic backhand. Madison knew she needed to take rips early in the rally and keep Carla from controlling points. In the straight-sets victory, Keys clubbed 32 unforced errors to Suarez Navarro’s 18 (nearly double). But – Keys hammered 22 winners to Carla’s 10.
With those rips landing inside the lines, Madison earned 6 break chances, converting 2. Meanwhile, Carla earned only two chances to break Madison, and couldn’t convert either of them. Game, set and match.
Last year, Madison reached the championship match of a Major for the first time here in Flushing. After tonight, she’s one win away from getting another shot at the US Open title.
NEXT:  Madison Keys -14- (USA) vs  Naomi Osaka -19- (JPN)
QF: def  Carla Suarez Navarro -24- (ESP) 64 63 | Arthur Ashe Stadium
R4: def  Dominika Cibulkova -35- (SVK) 61 63 | Arthur Ashe Stadium
R3: def Aleksandra Krunic -49- (SRB) 46 61 62 | Arthur Ashe Stadium
R2: def Bernarda Pera -92- (USA) 64 61 | Louis Armstrong Stadium
R1: def Pauline Parmentier -71- (FRA) 64 64 | Arthur Ashe Stadium
 Madison Keys -14- (USA)
Last year, she became a Grand Slam Finalist for the first time right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium, upsetting World #4 Elina Svitolina en-route to the Championship match. This May at Roland Garros, she reached her third career Major Semifinal, making the Final-4 without dropping a set. A proud member of Team USA, she reached the Bronze Medal Match in Rio; and earlier this year, earned the deciding-victory over France, lifting her teammates back into the Fed Cup Final. Ranked as high as World #7, she owns 3 WTA Singles titles and is competing her 6th Grand Slam Quarterfinal; her third this year alone. From Rock Island, Illinois – Please welcome 2017 US Open Finalist…Madison Keys.
 Carla Suarez Navarro -24- (ESP)
Over the weekend, she upset World #6 Caroline Garcia and 2006 Champion Maria Sharapova to reach the Quarterfinals here in New York for the second time. Ranked as high as World #6, she owns 2 WTA Singles titles; and last week – at the US Open Series event in New Haven – played in her 11th career Tour-level Final, defeating World #5 Petra Kvitova en-route to the championship match. In 2008, at just 19-years-old, she reached the French Open Quarterfinals in her Grand Slam debut, and tonight – becomes a 7-time Quarterfinalist at the Majors. A 3-time Olympian and Fed Cup Finalist – From Spain, please welcome…Carla Suarez Navarro.