Illinois' Tennis Star Madison Keys Falls Just Short of an Olympic Medal

Madison Keys made serious strides in Rio, but finished her Olympic debut just short of medaling in the women’s singles tennis competition.

Keys, of Rock Island, lost the bronze medal match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic Saturday. 

21-year-old Keys was the only American remaining in the singles competition after Serena Williams was knocked out of the Olympics Tuesday in a shocking upset loss against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

After winning her third-round match against Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro Tuesday, Keys soared to victory against Russia's Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

On Friday, she faced off against Angelique Kerber, losing 6-3, 7-5, but advanced to the bronze medal match where she fell to two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova 2-1.

Keys debuted in the top 10 world rankings in late June, becoming the first American woman to do so since 1999, when Serena Williams made the ranking. She first went pro in February 2009 at the age of 14. By July 2016, she had become the third-highest ranked American female tennis player, behind only Serena and Venus Williams.

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