Madison Keys won her biggest career title Sunday beating for a fourth time Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6(7) in the Cincinnati final on Sunday.
“I think I just really focused in on obviously really important games and was able to make her play a lot of balls. Luckily, I figured out a way to level up the scoreline,” Keys said after the match.
“I think I served really well today, especially in certain pockets. I think when I was doing a good job at moving forward and kind of trying to neutralize some of her deep, heavy, spinny shots, I was able to get out in front in the point and play a little bit more offense.
“It’s obviously the biggest title I have ever won, and, I mean, it was a tough draw from the very start. I played some really, really great players from Round 1 until today. I definitely think I played some of my best tennis consistently this week.”
Kuznetsova incredibly led 5-3 in both sets but never had a set point and couldn’t close.
“I think I was supposed to be a little bit more aggressive,” the 34-year-old said. “I think Madison served well, served much better than I did. But still, I had all the chances. Sometimes it goes this way, you know. The game is like this.
“She hits the ball really good, but I don’t see this pictures I didn’t win against her before. I see it as today’s match. Today we were very even. She was just more aggressive than I was. That’s it.
“Overall, it’s great week. You know, I have been beating great players. I feel great. You know, each match which I played three-setter could go either way. I’m happy I won most of them.
“I’m trying to see positive in everything, it’s more motivation for me for the future. I’m giving developing positive things. I want to have day or two rest and just to get ready for the Open. It’s new challenge. That’s it.”
For Keys, it’s her 5th career title in nine finals, and her second win of the year after Charleston. She also returns to the Top 10.
“I have to keep everything in perspective and keep doing what I did well here,” Keys said. “Not putting the pressure on myself so that I can go out and play some really good tennis, and that’s what I’m going to focus on. Hopefully in a couple of weeks, we can have a different conversation.
“I’m obviously really happy and really proud of myself. It’s definitely more of a building block. I want to do well in New York, and I want to have a good end of the season, so taking a lot of positives from this week.”
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