Cincinnati Masters Tennis LIVE: Madison Keys defeats Iga Swiatek in third round of Cincinnati Masters in straight sets

Cincinnati Masters Tennis LIVE: Madison Keys defeats World No.1 Iga Swiatek in straight sets to advance to quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters…

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Cincinnati Masters Tennis LIVE: Madison Keys defeats World No.1 Iga Swiatek in straight sets to advance to quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters on Friday. Keys won the game 6-3, 6-4 and has clinched her first victory against Iga Swiatek in her third attempt. Follow Western & Southern Open LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN 

Cincinnati Masters Tennis LIVE: Madison Keys defeats Iga Swiatek in third round of Cincinnati Masters in straight sets

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Not only did Keys enter the match 0-5 in her career against World No.1 players, but she’d also never won a set. She was also 0-2 previously against Swiatek, including a 6-1, 6-0 defeat in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open that lasted less than an hour.

Keys won 10 games in a row in the middle of the match after Swiatek led 3-2 in the first set. The first six games went with serve—in which Keys erased the only break point either player faced, in the fourth game—and soon found herself ahead, 6-3, 5-0.

It was then that things got complicated. Swiatek saved a match point to save the bagel, and won 11 of 12 points to tighten the scoreboard to 6-3, 5-3. The top seed saved another match point in the ninth game and broke Keys again to get the second set back on serve.

But Keys reset admirably when it mattered most: Thanks in part to two more groundstroke winners, Keys broke Swiatek’s serve for a fifth time, and converted her fourth match point.

Cincinnati Masters Tennis LIVE: Madison Keys defeats Iga Swiatek in third round of Cincinnati Masters in straight sets

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