Madison Keys overcomes Angelique Kerber, claims first WTA title at Eastbourne


Madison Keys

This is one big Saturday for the United States, it’s been 12 years since the country has had two WTA titles in a single week! While qualifier Coco Vandeweghe was busy hitting aces to claim her maiden career title at the Topshelf Open, her fellow American Madison Keys also used advantage of her serve and won the first title of her five-year pro career at an even bigger tournament – the $710,000 Premier-level AEGON International.

After taking out third seed Jelena Jankovic and defending champion Elena Vesnina in straight sets, in today’s Eastbourne final against fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber, the unseeded Keys controlled her nerves to break her opponent in the final game, using her fourth match point, and ended the match in one hour and 55 minutes 6-3 3-6 7-5. Keys hit 60 winners and 48 unforced errors in the final. Included in those winners are her stunning 17 aces, which are even more phenomenal when you realize she hit no double faults.

Keys has always loved grass and we can expect her to be a threat at Wimbledon, provided that she overcomes her first-round obstacle in Monica Puig, whom she’s 0-2 against. (photo: Moo’s Tennis Blog)


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