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French Open: Madison Keys ends clay skid, speaks out on cyber bullying


Sandra Harwitt, Special for USA TODAY Sports

Published 1:21 p.m. ET May 30, 2017 | Updated 58 minutes ago

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PARIS — Madison Keys thinks that with every match she plays, win or lose, she can send an affirmative message to impressionable girls around the globe.

Tuesday, it was a 6-3, 6-2 first-round victory against Ashleigh Barty at the French Open that 13th-seeded Keys hopes will offer inspiration. It was even a positive for Keys personally, who lost all three of her previous clay court matches this season at Charleston, Madrid and Rome.

The 22-year-old Keys, who last year became a celebrity ambassador for FearlesslyGirl, an international movement with a goal to empower girls to be resolute, is pleased to take on the responsibility of delivering an important message.

The banner across her social media pages, such as Twitter, offers the positive slogan, “Good Vibe Tribe.” Keys’ paramount cause is to stop cyber-bullying, which she, as a world-class tennis…

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