MELBOURNE, Australia — Madison Keys added another Grand Slam victory to her growing list of accomplishments.
The Rock Island native carded a 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) victory over Australia's Casey Dellacqua in the first round of the Australian Open at Margaret Court Arena on Monday. It was Keys' second career Grand Slam victory and first since the 2011 U.S. Open.
"I came off (last) year feeling really confident, having a good idea of how I wanted to play," Keys told USA Today. "So I think my game is kind of coming together a little bit better. I'm kind of understanding a little bit."
Still a month shy of her 18th birthday, Keys marches into the Aussie Open second round against 30th-seeded Tamira Paszek, of Austria. Date and time of that match have yet to be determined.
Keys earned the Aussie Open spot by winning a USTA wildcard playoff for a main-draw berth.
The straight-set first-round win took less than 90 minutes as Keys overcame a pair of double faults with seven aces. Keys did commit 35 unforced errors, but won 76 percent of her (29 of 38) first-serve points.
Keys continued her string of recent play, capitalizing on a quarterfinal run at the Sydney International last week. She exited the tournament with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 loss to sixth-ranked Li Na of China.
Included in the run were victories over the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova and China's Zheng Jie. Those two were ranked 17th and 42nd, respectively, in the world.
According to the USA Today, those were Keys' first top 50 wins of her career.
Keys currently is ranked 135th in the world.
"I kind of want to try to keep what I have going," Keys told USA Today. "I just want to be happy with how I'm playing. So far, I am."
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.