Zarina Diyas vs. Madison Keys
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 18, 2019, 4:00 AM (EDT)|
Utsubo Tennis Center
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American tennis superstar, Madison Keys has made it into the second round of the 2019 Pan Pacific Open in Osaka, Japan. At this stage of the tournament, Madison Keys will play against Zarina Diyas.
Madison Keys played exceptionally well in the previous round as she won her match in straight sets. Keys impressed with her receiving as she was constantly challenging her opponent’s serve. During the victory, Madison Keys won 56% of her receiving points which allowed her to win 67% of her return games. The serving was inconsistent from Madison Keys as she only won 60% of her service games but that should not be a big area for concern as the American is a very good server.
It has been a very strong few months for Madison Keys as she recently won the Cincinnati Masters. Considering her current form, Keys will be tough to beat.
On the other side of the coin, Zarina Diyas also won her previous match in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Diyas as she only lost 3 games in the entire match. The serving was very strong from Zarina Diyas as she won 76% of her service points which resulted in her winning all of her service games. The receiving was also impressive as Diyas won 54% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. Despite such a dominant win, this is expected to be a much tougher match for Zarina Diyas as she is playing against the number 5 seed.
Madison Keys and Zarina Diyas have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2016 at the Australian Open where Madison Keys won in straight sets.
Despite the form that Zarina Diyas has shown in this tournament, I see her losing this match. Madison Keys is the stronger player and the American has been in terrific form over the past few months. Keys is playing exceptional tennis and I see her being too strong for Diyas. I see Madison Keys winning in straight sets.