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U.S. Open player to watch: Madison Keys

Madison Keys of the United States serves the

Madison Keys of the United States serves the ball against Jill Craybas of the United States during Day One of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing. (Aug. 29, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty

Madison Keys

Residence: Boca Raton, Fla.

Age: 16

Rank: 456

5-10, 145 pounds

Righthanded, two-handed backhand

Next match: Wednesday vs. Lucie Safarova

The 16-year-old Keys is the youngest player in the draw and beat one of the oldest, 37-year-old Jill Craybas, on the Grandstand Court yesterday in her first appearance in a Grand Slam event. She got into the Open by defeating Beatrice Capra in the wild-card playoff. Keys was also one of the youngest players to win a WTA match at age 14.

Keys said when she was 4, she was attracted to tennis because of the way Venus Williams dressed. "I walked through my parents' bedroom. I think they were watching Wimbledon or something, and decided I wanted Venus' dress," Keys said. "They told me if I played tennis, they'd buy me a tennis dress. I said 'All right, I'll try it.' "

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