Australian Open: Petra Kvitova sent packing
Fourth seed and reigning Wimbledon champ dumped out of Australian Open by unseeded teenager Madison Keys
Melbourne: Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova crashed out of the Australian Open on Saturday, falling in straight sets to unseeded American teenager Madison Keys, who is coached by former great Lindsay Davenport.
Petra Kvitova reacts during her match against Madison Keys in Melbourne on Saturday. Pics/AFP, Getty Images
World No 35 Keys, 19, defeated the reigning Wimbledon champion 6-4, 7-5 in the third round, setting up an all-American Last 16 clash with Madison Brengle.
"My hands are still shaking, right now I can't even process this, I'm just so excited," she said, paying tribute to the "amazing" Davenport, a three-time Grand Slam champion who won in Australia in
Like Davenport, Keys is a big-serving baseliner with powerful groundstrokes, which she used to full effect against Kvitova, who has admitted to struggling with nerves throughout the tournament.
Madison Keys celebrates her win
The Czech, who was a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2012 but lost in the first round last year, allowed Keys to dictate terms in a poor performance which included six double faults and 32 unforced errors.
Keys, who has never before advanced beyond the third round of a major, looked comfortable on the big stage.