Kayla Day wins all-American battle against Madison Keys at the French Open

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Kayla Day wins all-American battle against Madison Keys at the French Open… before detailing horrific SIX-YEAR struggle with injuries before ‘grinding her way back’ to the top

  • Kayla Day burst onto the scene at the US Open in 2017 when she was just 17 
  • After years of injuries, she beat fellow American Madison Keys at French Open 
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Kayla Day continued her resurgence at Roland Garros in her first major main draw appearance since 2017 this afternoon and detailed an injury nightmare since first breaking through as a 17-year-old at the US Open.

The American was tipped for big things after a positive season on the circuit in 2017 but has struggled with a long list of ailments since. Day, though, is showing good form at the French Open and this afternoon beat compatriot Madison Keys 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

After beating the No 20 seed, Day said she has had to grind her way back and dealt with many issues on and off the court.

The 23-year-old detailed her journey: ‘I broke through pretty young at like 17, and then I had a lot of injuries, dealt with a lot of other issues. It just means so much to me to be back at this level. I have worked so hard to get back here. I have really grinded my way back.

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‘So it just means so much to me, so much more to me now that I’ve had my struggles but overcame them. To be back here is just amazing.

Kayla Day celebrates after winning match point against Madison Keys at the French Open

Kayla Day celebrates after winning match point against Madison Keys at the French Open

Day has 'grinded' her way back to the top after years of struggling with various injuries

Day has ‘grinded’ her way back to the top after years of struggling with various injuries

Keys was seeded 20th in the French Open singles, but couldn't get past her American rival

Keys was seeded 20th in the French Open singles, but couldn’t get past her American rival

‘I had a ton of injuries, and I also had mono, which made me feel not so well for a very long time.

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‘I tore my quad. I fractured my foot. I tore both labrums in my hip. So it was just a lot of bad luck, one thing after another.

‘Then by the time I was trying to make a comeback or I was feeling a lot better, it was Covid. It was really difficult, because all my injuries were, like, I would be out for three, four months, and I never took a protected ranking, so it was so hard for me to come back.

‘So it was really tough to even try to get into a tournament to try to play. I think in 2020 I played like three tournaments. So it’s just, yeah, like I said, a lot of bad luck and bad timing. But yeah, I am back!’

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