Keys to shoulder hopes of US after Serena retires
Keys has been tipped as future No.1 by Serena
Williams tied with Steffi Graf on 22 slams
While Serena Williams is fixated on number 23, Madison Keys is just focusing on number one.
As Williams searches for grand slam title number 23 – the one that will cement her as the greatest female player of all time – Keys is being backed to deliver her first in 2017.
And when Serena hangs up her racket, countrywoman Keys could be in the frame to emerge as her successor – not only according to Williams – but also to a pair of legends with an incredible 36 majors between them.
“She’s harnessing her power on both wings – so much power – and her serve is comparable to Serena Williams,” Chris Evert told CNN’s Open Court show.
“I think the reason why she’s here to stay and she’s the real thing is because she’s taken baby steps.”
The American star secured 18 major titles in her glittering career, the same figure as Czech-born Martina Navratilova, and both agree that 2017 could be the 21-year-old’s breakthrough year.