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 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 any points. Keys won 6-3, 6-1.
Keys will move onto the semifinals. She will play the winner of Thursday’s Johanna Konta/Angelique Kerber match, which will take place around 2 PM ET on Centre Court.
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 Thursday, 6-1, 6-1.
Johnson is also playing doubles alongside countryman Jack Sock, who lost in the first round of singles. The duo lost their Thursday semifinal match against the Romanian team of Mergea/Tecau 6-3, 7-5, but will compete in the Bronze Medal Match on Friday.
NBCOlympics.com will provide updates.