US teen Keys reaches third round

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 27, 2013
American teenager Madison Keys reached the third round in her Wimbledon debut by beating 30th-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany 6-4, 6-2 Thursday. Keys, an 18-year-old who was born in Rock Island, Ill., saved the only break point she faced while converting 3 of 10 on Barthel's serve. The 52nd-ranked Keys also defeated Barthel on grass in a tuneup tournament at Birmingham, England, two weeks ago. It's the second time in the past three Grand Slam tournaments that Keys has made it to the third round. She lost at that stage at the Australian Open in January. Bidding to reach the round of 16 for the first time at a major championship, Keys will face either 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, who is seeded fourth, or Mathilde Johansson. Former French Open champion Li Na recovered from a second-set slump to beat Simona Halep 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 and reach the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday. The sixth-seeded Li advanced to the third round of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament for the fourth time. She lost in the quarterfinals twice at the All England Club. Halep suffered from back problems and needed medical treatment after the first set, but still managed to hit back in the second before Li held her to just 14 points in the final set.
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