Pera vs. Keys
|Date & Time||Friday April 6, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Madison Keys and Bernarda Pera meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Charleston Open.
Madison Keys is coming off a straight sets win over Camila Giorgi that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Keys won 71 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Keys has now won back-to-back matches in a tournament for the first time since the Australian Open, and she hopes this is a spark of consistency moving forward. Keys has dealt with injuries and inconsistent play the last couple of years, and clay has never been her favorite surface. Keys is easily one of the better players in this remaining draw, but the frequent hiccups make her tough to read at the moment. Keys has won six of her last eight quarterfinal matches. Keys has lost five of her last eight matches on clay court.
Bernarda Pera is coming off a three sets win over Sara Errani that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Pera won 59 percent of her is first serve points and 42 percent of her second serve points. Pera really had issues with her serve in her round of 16 victory, but she won 48 percent of her return points and produced seven breaks. Pera has now broken 16 times in her last three matches, a number that gives her a chance against just about anybody. While Pera does have a victory over a top-10 player in the Australian Open, this tournament has a chance to be her breakthrough moment if she can find a way to win this match. Pera has won five of her last six quarterfinal matches. Pera has won eight straight matches on clay court.
These two have never played each other on the tennis court.
Pera is at her best on clay court, as she’s had a lot of success in doubles play and made 17 ITF final appearances on clay court. The opposite can be said for Keys, as her power and movement can be slowed down on this surface. However, Keys showed flashes of returning to form in her last match, and regardless of surface, she’s the better and more proven player than Pera. Assuming Keys brings the same energy and doesn’t turn into an unforced error machine, she should win this match. Pera hasn’t faced the power and shotmaking ability at this stage of her career.
Keys makes her first semifinal since the 2017 US Open.