Many think it could be for the hard-hitting Keys has been impressing on the hardcourts of late.
She made the final in Montreal and then the semis at the Olympics, eventually missing out on a bronze medal to Petra Kvitova.
Still, there is little doubt she arrives at her home Grand Slam in good form and determined to improve on last year's fourth-round showing, her best yet in New York. Keys did make the semis in Australia last year though.
She has been mentored by Lindsay Davenport in the past and is now working with Maria Sharapova's former coach Thomas Hogstedt.
They have helped shape a highly-promising player, one who could just make a major impact over the next fortnight.