She won't be defending her Western & Southern Open title in the city she won it in, but Madison Keys nevertheless enters Flushing Meadows with an added sense of importance.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world No. 13 has not played a WTA match since the Australian Open, where she lost in the third round. Keys is clearly excited to be back playing tennis, especially at the tournament where she won the biggest title of her career.
It will be a rather unusual title defense, as she'll be competing in New York City instead of suburban Ohio.
"It's definitely strange to be defending my Cincinnati title not on Cincinnati courts, which hopefully we don't ever have to worry about again," she said. "I'm just really happy I am able to come back and defend my title no matter where in the world it is."
Keys has a bye in the first round Before she plays her first match, see how much you know about the her history at the Western & Southern Open with our quiz: