Wimbledon 2014: Madison shows she holds the keys to a golden future

The big-serving American demolished Monica Puig 6-3, 6-3 in little more than an hour

wimbledon

How Wimbledon loves a teenager on the rampage. Fresh from her maiden WTA victory at Eastbourne on Saturday, 19-year-old Madison Keys bowled on to Court 8 to give another assured display of power hitting.

The big-serving American's 6-3, 6-3 demolition of Monica Puig in little more than an hour demonstrated why many believe the future not only of United States tennis but also the women's game post Williams sisters is safe in her hands.

A product of Chris Evert's Florida academy, Keys won her first match on the WTA tour at just 14. Movement was considered her Achilles heel, an area of her game that has improved no end this year.

"Obviously I'm feeling pretty confident, especially on grass right now. I'm just feeling like I can play entire tournaments and I'm actually able to go out and win. Winning feels really good. There was definitely a moment on Saturday where I was, like, this would be awesome if it happened every week."

Keys hit the fastest serve of 2014 at Eastbourne last week and one of the quickest ever recorded by a woman, 126mph. The unforgivable absence of a radar gun on court here denied us proof of the cordite measure that so excites. According to Keys she was rocking the internal speed trap just as much.

"I was surprised to hear how fast I was serving in Eastbourne. I really don't ever feel like, wow, I hit that really hard. It's usually, that felt like a good serve. I would imagine they are similar because they felt similar, but who knows?"

The seven aces she sent past Puig was proof enough of the potency of her signature weapon. Having reached the third round on debut last year it is a brave woman who would back against her trumping that achievement.

Agnieszka Radwanska is the polar opposite of Keys, but equally effective. The waif-like strokemaker from Poland insinuates her way through gaps in her opponent's armoury with beautifully disguised thrusts and clever angles.

She barely stopped to draw breath in swatting aside the easily outmanoeuvred Andreea Mitu 6-1, 6-2 in just 48 minutes. Last year's semi-finalist and fourth seed meets Australia's Casey Dellacqua in round two. Don't blink, etc.

The rehabilitation of Andrea Petkovic continued with the routine execution of Katarzyna Piter 6-1, 6-4. After a second knee injury in the space of three years forced her back to the surgeons table in January 2013, the Serbian-born German considered quitting the game at just 25.

A semi-finalist last month in Paris, Petkovic hopes to carry on that momentum to eclipse her third round career-best finish here in 2011, the year she broke into the world top 10.

"The nice thing after all my injuries is that I learnt to appreciate it much more and enjoy the nice moments," she said. "Before when I was in the top 10 and playing the quarter-finals of the Grand Slams, I was sort of caught up in trying to get better and getting more points and getting higher in the ranking. But you shouldn't forget to enjoy the nice things you have achieved."

Serena Williams enjoyed an early evening workout easing past fellow American Anna Tatishvili 6-1, 6-2.

Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions