As a 4-year-old she watched Venus Williams playing on TV and fell in love with her dress.
So began the tennis career of young Madison Keys.
''I really wanted a tennis dress,'' said a smiling Keys, now 17. ''My parents told me that if I played, they would buy me one. I was like, `Hey, I'll try it.'''
Keys now has a closet full of tennis dresses and enough talent to have reached the third round at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Ranked 105th and playing with a wild-card entry, Keys powered through the second round beating 30th-ranked Tamira Paszek 6-2, 6-1 in just 56 minutes - drawing accolades from people who are now watching her play.
One of them was retired three-time Grand Slam winner and fellow American Lindsey Davenport, who thinks that Keys has ''incredible potential.''
''Best hope I've seen for US since Williams,'' Davenport tweeted, not clarifying if she meant the 32-year-old Venus - who owns seven Grand Slam titles - or younger sister Serena who has 15.
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