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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Madison Keys, Rhyne Williams Earn Australian Open Wild Cards with Victories Sunday

Madison Keys will be returning to the main draw of the Australian Open next month, while Rhyne Williams will be making his first trip after both posted victories today in the USTA Australian Open wild card playoff in Norcross, Georgia.

Seventeen-year-old Keys, who won the same tournament last year, beat 2012 NCAA finalist Mallory Burdette of Stanford 7-5, 6-3 in the women's final. The 21-year-old Williams, a 2011 NCAA finalist while at Tennessee, followed with a 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Tim Smyczek, the top seed, to take the men's wild card.

For complete coverage of Williams' win, see Amanda Pruitt's article at utsports.com.

For more on Keys' victory, see Steve Fogleman's post at Tennis East Coast.

Thanks to Bill Kallenberg for providing the photos of the two champions.