Keys Stops With Davenport, Is Now Working With Coach Levine

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Madison Keys Tennis News

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After Madison Keys reached the semifinal at the 2015 Australian, stunning the Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams before she lost to No. 1 Serena Williams, it appeared that she was ready to win a major.

The sky was the limit. She was being coached by the former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport.

But the now 20-year-old Keys immediately stopped progressing. Davenport has just stopped with Keys, who is now working with the 28-year-old Jesse Levine, according the WTA Insider.

“I told her, ‘You know, you are way better than 30,’ Davenport said in Australia. “‘And I don’t know exactly what the reason is you are only ranked there, but you play much better and you have to start to believe that and you have to start to act like it. You’ve got to play the role here.’ And I said: ‘Big things are around the corner. I don’t know if it’s next month or in six months, but things are going to happen. But you have to let them happen for you.'”

After Australia, Keys was up and down all year. She didn’t go deep at Indian Wells or Miami, but on green clay, she reached the final at Charleston, with practicing by Levine. But after that, she lost early and often. She did manage to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, when she lost to Aga Radwanska, and at the fourth round of the US Open, she lost to Serena. In the fall, she lost early at Wuhan, Beijing and Zhuhai.

Keys and the former No. 1 Davenport began to work at her home in California in December 2014.  Davenport’s husband, Jon Leach, also helped Keys.

But Davenport is very busy, working on television at Tennis Channel and BBC. She also has four young children.

Her new coach Levine reached No. 69 in 2012, but he was forced to retire in 2014 due to a major injury. He has not coached many players yet.

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