Madison Keys will debut in the Top 10 after claiming her second WTA tour title on Sunday, beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-3 in the grasscourt final of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England.
“I think I got off to a good start in the first set breaking early,” said Keys, who struggled with rain delays during the week, scratching out three-set wins twice. “I think I held onto the that lead pretty well. Then in the second set, she definitely raised her level.”
Last year’s Wimbledon quarterfinalist kept the level high throughout the match, knocking 27 winners to only 16 unforced errors, and winning 13 of 18 at the net.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” the American said. “I think getting this many matches in a row was a huge opportunity that I think that can definitely help me at Wimbledon. I obviously really love the surface, so the more I get to play on it, the happier I am.”
She improved to 2-2 in career finals.
Strycova dropped to 1-6 in finals, and 0-2 this year after losing in the Dubai championship match. She picked up a consolation after the singles, winning the doubles title with Czech countrywoman Karolina Pliskova over Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva.
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