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Fans Watch Madison Keys In Australian Open

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A lot of people were rooting for Quad City native Madison Keys Thursday night. The 17-year old tennis player went into her third round match in the Australian open. Her fans think keys may have the key to big things in her career.

At the Quad City Tennis Club in Moline there was a time-out from the volleys and lobs and attention went to the small screen. That's where many watched as 17-year old Keys took on some tough competition in the Aussie Open.

"Playing a top player and might beat her. It's amazing how well she's playing right now," said Tim Baldridge, a private coach at the QCTC. Baldridge coached keys in her very early years. In a watch party with dozens of players, coaches and their families they see more of the same power and promise. "Seven years old I remember at one of the camps we had she was hitting with high school kids," he added.

"We knew she was special right from the get go. But we didn't know how special," sad Josh Baldridge a pro tennis instructor.

She may have the whole package, with top announcers predicting a championship in her future. Many of the coaches and players at the club have been following her career and can't wait to see where it takes her from here. Players close to keys age say seeing her get international attention is an inspiration.

"It's cool for people to here there's a girl from here playing tennis and maybe it will get some younger kids to play," said Dana Waterman, a 16-year old Bettendorf High School student.

Win or lose she's serving up a lot of excitement for local sports fans. Keys lost a tough battle against 5th seeded Angelique Kerber in her third match.