Keys beats Vesnina in late finish

September 04, 2017
Madison Keys, of the United States, hits a return to Tatjana Maria, of Germany, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday. (AP Photo)

 

NEW YORK (AP):

Madison Keys took eight of the last nine games and came back to beat Elena Vesnina 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, reaching the U.S. Open's fourth round for the third consecutive year.

The match ended at 1:45 a.m. yesterday, the second-latest finish for women at Flushing Meadows. The record of 1:48 a.m. was set in a match won by Keys against Alison Riske in the first round a year ago.

The 15th-seeded Keys, an American, and the 17th-seeded Vesnina, a Russian, did not even start their third-round match until nearly midnight because of a lengthy day session that ran into the evening.

From 4-all in the second set, Keys didn't lose another game until she was ahead 5-0 in the third.

Keys gives the United States five women in the fourth round, joining number nine Venus Williams, number 20 CoCo Vandeweghe, Sloane Stephens and Jennifer Brady.

Keys will play number four Elina Svitolina of Ukraine next.

Vesnina still has never been past the third round at the U.S. Open in 12 appearances in singles, although she did win the 2014 women's doubles title.

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