Madison Keys got back to the winners’ circle for the first time in 20 months, beating former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 7-6(5), 6-3 to win the Charleston title.
Keys last won a title back at Stanford in 2017. This was her fourth overall title and first on clay, giving her wins on all three surfaces.
“It means so much,” Keys said. “I’ve always loved Charleston. It’s always been one of my favorite tournaments, so to now be able to say that I’ve won the tournament and be on the trophy is really, really special.”
Wozniacki, who had never lost a set to Keys in two prior meetings, had won the Charleston title in 2011.
Keys finished with 45 winners to 38 unforced while Wozniacki had just seven winners to 15 unforced. Keys also beat Sloane Stephens along the way, and maybe returning to clay, where she made the French Open semifinals last year, will jump-start her season.
“It’s definitely been a really great week for me, especially after having some really tough losses the last couple of weeks,” Keys continued. “And to be able to really bounce back and have a really good week of training with my coach, Nacho, and then be able to come and win the tournament, it definitely is a very good springboard for heading over to Europe.”
Keys also becomes the tournament’s seventh different champion in the last seven years. And with Garbine Muguruza taking Monterrey, all 16 WTA events this season have been won by different players.
— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) April 7, 2019
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