Watch: Davenport applauded in first on-court coaching timeout with Keys
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — In her first match since her breakout run to the Australian Open semifinals in January, No. 18 Madison Keys defeated Klara Koukalova 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. Keys will play 18th seed Jelena Jankovic in the next round.
The crowd got a surprise treat after the first set when three-time Slam champion Lindsay Davenport came down for her first on-court coaching visit. Davenport and her husband Jon Leach have been coaching Keys since the off-season and the former No. 1 said earlier in the season that she would leave the on-court coaching duties to Leach. But the luck of the draw—err, coin toss—sealed her fate before the match.
"She jokingly told me to flip the coin to decide if John or her would go out there, and I actually flipped a coin," Keys said. "So that's how we decided. I think it will change depending on if she has to go straight to the booth afterwards. I think she did a good job. She will probably be on court a couple more times."
Davenport was greeted by cheers from the crowd as she made her way down court, which has to be a first for any on-court coaching timeout. Watch her coaching visit below:
As for Keys, she says the adductor injury that hampered her toward the end of the Australian Open and forced her to withdraw from Fed Cup and the Mexican Open has healed. Now she is just focused on Indian Wells, a tournament at which she's never won back-to-back matches. To do that, she's refused to bask in the afterglow of her Australian Open run.
"I'm not going to go cry about the fact that I made the semis, but it's also moving on from it and not getting stuck in the moment," Keys said. "Tennis is very much [about] what's happening today. People forget about you. So as great as it was to do well there, I'm looking forward and just trying to do well in this tournament now."