Despite carrying an adductor injury, Madison Keys was unwilling to use that as an excuse after her Australian Open loss.
Madison Keys refused to make excuses for her Australian Open semi-final loss, opting to instead pay tribute to Serena Williams.
An adductor injury has troubled the 19-year-old American, and her left leg was heavily strapped at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.
Keys put up a fight before going down 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 to world number one Williams.
Asked about the injury, Keys acknowledged she was below 100 per cent " but insisted her 33-year-old opponent deserved all the credit.
"It [the adductor] is OK. It's not perfect. But, I had plenty of tape on it and I had plenty of medication. I did my best," she told a media conference.
Keys added: "I'm not going to sit up here and make excuses. So, you know, it was what it was. I did my best. She played really well. All credit to her."
Whether nerves were going to affect Keys in her first grand slam semi-final was the first question answered.
And it was a resounding 'no' as the teenager matched it with, and sometimes overpowered, her 18-time grand slam winner opponent.
Keys was proud of the way she handled herself, but said Williams' serve " which delivered 13 aces " was far too good.
"I think I handled the moment pretty well. I definitely had a good start, so nerves didn't totally play into that," she said.
"I thought I handled myself pretty well in that last serving game of mine.
"But, I mean, she played really well.
"She served really well. It was pretty much impossible for me to break her serve. So, you know, great job to her."