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 Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.