American teen Keys looked up to Venus as a toddler

Updated: January 16, 2013, 5:54 AM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- As a 4-year-old she watched Venus Williams playing on TV and fell in love with her dress.

So began the tennis career of Madison Keys.

"I really wanted a tennis dress," said Keys, now 17. "My parents told me that if I played, they would buy me one. I was like, `Hey, I'll try it."

Keys now has a closet full of tennis dresses and enough talent to have reached the third round at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Ranked 105th and playing as a wild-card ...

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