Two young female American players, Madison Keys & Taylor Townsend are advancing to the 2nd round of the Western & Southern Open with a lot of confidence. The 19 year old, Keys, dismantled the 23rd ranked player in the world, Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4 . When asked if Key’s thought the day went as well as anticipated, Keys quoted, “I don’t have many complaints about today. Definitely played pretty well & stayed in my game for the most part.” By advancing to the 2nd round, Keys will face Maria Sharapova for the first time in her young career. Keys & Sharapova both share the arguably the most powerful agent in women’s tennis, Max Eisenbud. Key’s is surely excited for the challenge against the 5 time major winner. “Well, I have already had an e-mail from Max. He’s happy he’s not here this week. But you know, obviously she’s an amazing player & I have never played her before. I’m excited. You know, going in and no pressure.”
Townsend on the other hand, had to face some pressure just to earn her a spot into the main draw. Townsend defeated fellow American Alison Riske & Spainard Silvia Soler-Espinosa to qualify for her spot in the main draw. Townsend went into her match with versus Klara Koukalova looking for some revenge. Koukalova ended Townsend’s 2014 Wimbledon campaign in the 1st round. Townsend had to work hard for her victory today. When asked if winning three set matches was a good thing, Townsend replied, “I think you’ve got ot do what you gotta do to win. Really, that’s what I’m proving to myself.” Townsend learned a lot from her experiences today, “I really tried to fight as hard as I could. I tried to stay in every single point and not give her too many free points.” Townsend will face the winner of Chanelle Scheepers — Flavia Pennetta match.