By Jake Davies
- Madison Keys  v Sloane Stephens for the US Open Women’s Title
- Five Reasons why Madison Keys will win the 2017 US Open Title
NEW YORK, USA – The 50th US Open women’s singles final in the Open Era features two Americans, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens. We look at the five reasons as to why Madison Keys will romp home with the US Open title on Saturday
Keys’ ability to leave her opponent powerless to the outcome
A lot can change for a player in the journey from a talented junior to a well-known name on the main tour, but Madison Keys has possessed that unforgiving power for years and years. When the American made her first breakthrough into the World’s Top 100, following a great showing at the 2013 Australian Open, many predicted she would be the next big thing in American tennis and that was largely because of the overwhelming power that she had from a very early age.
Keys holds one of the biggest and best serves on the WTA.
Keys’ ground game would not be as enviable by her peers if she did not have the monstrous first and second serve that comes with it. Not only does she clock massive power from that single shot, but she also has the capability to adjust and interchange between different types of serves judging by her opponent and the moment in the match. She can utilise the body serve, the kick serve and beat you for pace with it. She can do anything.
Keys’ secret weapon is coach Lindsay Davenport
A first major final can be a daunting experience. The unfamiliar feeling, the butterflies in the stomach and the fact that a player may have no answers or solutions to the unknown situations and surroundings they are in. Luckily for Keys, she has a Grand Slam winning coach in her corner. Lindsay Davenport can advise Keys on what to do and what not to do. Davenport has been there and done it, winning three Grand Slam singles titles, but most importantly, she knows what it feels like to face a fellow-American in a US Open final. That is priceless.
Key for Keys is playing to her strengths but also managing the backhand shot.
Keys has won a lot of matches in the last four years through dominating with her first serve and following it up with a lethal, destructive forehand strike. Some would argue the case that her improvement has come with the discipline on her groundstrokes and the tendency to have a little more belief and be a little more expressive with her weaker backhand shot. If Keys can find a way to prevent her backhand from getting eaten alive then the sky is the limit for her.
High on confidence after Stanford title win
The 22-year-old was short of confidence after an emotional ending to her stay in Paris at Roland-Garros and then having to go under the knife for another wrist surgery. The title win in Stanford, where she beat Coco Vandeweghe in the final, was evidence that there was still reason to be happy and positive for more great tennis moments in the months and years ahead. The Stanford win was crucial and instrumental in her run at Flushing Meadows.
POLL – Is Madison Keys your winner? Vote for the US Open 2017 champion
The US Open Women’s final takes place on Saturday at 4pm (9pm BST)
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