'Utterly thwomped': Aus Open star falls after 'monster' performance

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Paula Badosa (pictured left) having dropped her racket and (pictured right) Maddison Keys celebrating her win at the Aus Open.
Paula Badosa (pictured left) had no answers to Maddison Keys (pictured right) after a shock result at the Australian Open. (Getty Images)

America Maddison Keys continued her rise up the rankings after pulling off a shock victory over No.8 seed Paula Badosa at the Australian Open.

Keys was ranked World No.78 at the beginning of the year, but has shown why she was previously a Top 10 star after dismantling Badosa 6-3, 6-1 on Rod Laver Arena.

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A semi-finalist in Melbourne in 2015 and runner-up at the 2017 US Open, Keys had tumbled to 87th in the world before bursting back to form with a drought-breaking title triumph in Adelaide last weekend.

Seemingly free of the hamstring injury that dogged her 2021 season, the one-time World No.7 has continued her revival at the Open.

Unfortunately for Badosa, it was not her day as she struggled from the outset and her shoulder was heavily strapped during the encounter.

The tennis world was full of praise for Keys' stunning rise, while also praising Badosa for her Australian Open run while clearly carrying injuries.

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Under the pump from the get-go, and down a set and a break, Badosa had to fend off 10 break points before finally conjuring one of her own.

Having missed most of her own opportunities, Keys briefly cracked, dumping a forehand into the bottom of the net to offer Badosa a foothold back into the match at 1-1 in the second set.

But the fightback was only temporary as Keys reeled off the next five games to seal victory in just one hour and nine minutes.

Madison Keys (pictured) shakes hands with Paula Badosa of Spain after winning her fourth round singles match during day seven of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia.
Madison Keys (pictured) shakes hands with Paula Badosa of Spain after winning her fourth round singles match during day seven of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

"I served really well and returned really well so I was able to dictate," Keys said.

"I knew I was going to have to take my chances and just got for it because I knew if I'd have give her an inch, she would take it."

Keys will play either fourth-seeded French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova or two-time Open winner Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday for a place in the last eight.

with AAP

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