Even when it comes to music, Madison Keys is competitive.
When Keys listens to the radio in the car with her coach, Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport, they race to see who can guess the name of the song first. "I was better," Keys said earlier this month at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University, where she beat fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe in the final.
On Monday night, Keys' competitive streak helped her pull off an upset against No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina at the US Open, advancing 15th-seeded Keys to the quarterfinals. Though Keys says she doesn't have a go-to song right before big matches, she does have one she has been playing on repeat anytime she wants a boost: "Rise Up" by Andra Day, which Keys listened to as she went through processing with the U.S. Olympic Team in Houston last year.
"That's the song that they played when they were showing all these people winning all their medals," Keys said. "And [Sloane Stephens] and I were a hot mess crying."
She shared some of the other favorites she'll be listening to in Flushing Meadows: