Defending champion Madison Keys is a 23-year-old powerhouse known for her big serves and dominant groundstrokes. Keys turned pro on her 14th birthday in February 2009 and has spent nearly a decade on tour, surging up through the rankings to a career-best No. 7 ranking in October 2016.
Last year was a benchmark year for the young American, who began 2017 rehabilitating off-season wrist surgery and was sidelined the first three months of the year.
Keys blazed her way through the summer hardcourt season, winning last year’s Bank of the West Classic en route to the U.S. Open final, where she lost in straight sets to fellow American Sloane Stephens.
Keys and Stephens met again in the French Open semifinal this June — the first all-American semifinal there in more than 15 years.
WTA Titles: 3
• Eastbourne International (UK) — 2014
• Birmingham Classic (UK) — 2016
• Bank of the West Classic (US) — 2018
What’s your favorite playing surface? Why?
Grass, because we don’t have many tournaments a year on the surface and I like how it suits my game.
Do you have any pre-match superstitions?
My superstition is to not have superstitions.
What technology could you not live without?
I would really struggle without my phone.
What was the most memorable match you’ve played? Why?
I would say my first final in Eastbourne (in 2014) because it was my very first final and it was on my favorite surface.
What are you most passionate about outside of tennis?
I love interior design.
If you could change one rule in tennis what would it be and why?
I would change the rule against breaking rackets because I think it would be fun to see more tempers flare.