Fixture: Madison Keys vs Liudmila Samsonova
Date: 18 June 2021
Tournament: bett1Open 2021
Venue: Berlin, Germany
Category: WTA 500
Prize money: $565,530
Live telecast: USA – Tennis Channel | UK – Amazon Prime Video
Madison Keys vs Liudmila Samsonova preview
Former US Open runner-up Madison Keys takes on Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova in the quarterfinals of the bett1Open in Berlin on Friday.
Keys has had an underwhelming season so far, marred by illness and poor form. A positive COVID-19 test delayed her start to the season and she has struggled to recapture her best form since returning to action in March.
With the tour having shifted to grass, the American is hoping for a change in fortunes on a surface she has won a couple of titles in the past. So far in Berlin, Keys has looked determined to prove a point.
The big-serving American blew away Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech 6-3, 6-4 in her opener and then held her nerve to topple top seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in the second round.