The 2023 US Open potentially could have an all-American final in women’s singles after Madison Keys beat Marketa Vondrousova to advance to the semis of the last Grand Slam of the season.
Keys ousted Vondrousova, the reigning Wimbledon champion, in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) to set up a matchup against Aryna Sabalenka. In a second semi-final matchup, the U.S. tennis sensation Coco Gauff will play Karolina Muchova.
Keys made the US Open finals back in 2017 but struggled to make a deep run at the Flushing Meadows in recent years. She suffered a first-round exit in 2021 and only reached the third round last year.
However, the 28-year-old has been in good form at the 2023 US Open, giving up just one set on her road to the semi-finals. She was dominant against Vondrousova, never allowing the Czech player to get comfortable in the match. It also might have helped that Vondrousova battled a sore arm that caused her to withdraw from the doubles tournament.
“I just love it here. I love playing here. In front of a home crowd you can never feel like you can’t get out of any situation,” said Keys after the match. “I knew I was going to have to keep trying to get to the net, be aggressive.”