Americans Keys, Johnson advance, could earn medals

Americans Keys, Johnson advance, could earn medals

Steve Johnson will compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

After all the Williams sisters drama – Venus losing in the first round of singles, Venus and Serena crashing in the first round of doubles, then Serena bowing out in her third round singles match – it’s surprising to see that the United States could still earn medals in a number of tennis competitions.

Madison Keys

Madison Keys blazed through her quarterfinal match in just an hour. She took to court 1 at 10:00 AM ET and established a 5-0 lead against Russian opponent Daria Kasatkina within 20 minutes. Though she played a bit sloppily, allowing Kasatkina to win three games, Keys ultimately took the set 6-3.

From there, the women’s singles seventh seed blasted off in the second set, barely allowing a point. Keys won 6-3, 6-1.

Keys will move onto the semifinals. She will play the winner of Wednesday’s Johanna Konta/Angelique Kerber match, which will take place around 2 PM ET on Centre Court.

Steve Johnson

Twelfth-seeded Steve Johnson, a 26-year-old underdog at these Games, has performed exceptionally well in both singles and doubles. He easily won his third round singles match against Russia’s unseeded Evgeny Donskoy on Wednesday, 6-1, 6-1.

Johnson is also playing doubles alongside countryman Jack Sock, who lost in the first round of singles. The duo will play their semifinal doubles match later today, but even if they lose, will compete in a Bronze Medal Match.

NBCOlympics.com will provide updates.

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