Sunday, November 17, 2019 | ePaper

Keys locks up WTA Cincy title with victory over Kuznetsova

  • Print


Madison Keys, of the United States, holds the Rookwood Cup after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, in the women's final match during the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament.



Madison Keys came from a break down in both sets to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Sunday to win the WTA Cincinnati crown.
The 2017 US Open finalist notched her fifth career title and second this season after a win in Charleston in April.
She'll return to the top 10 in the world rankings with the US Open a week away.
Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion working her way back up the rankings after a series of injuries, was broken back in the 10th game of each set by 16th-seeded Keys -- who fired 13 aces on the way to victory.
"If my team had told me a week ago that I would be here, I would have laughed in their face," admitted Keys, who had endured two opening-match defeats since a second-round exit at Wimbledon.
Keys belted a total of 43 winners with 33 unforced errors and broke Kuznetsova three times.
Kuznetsova was the fourth Grand Slam winner Keys beat during the week, a string that included Spain's Garbine Muguruza, reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and Venus Williams.
"It was a tough draw from the very start," Keys said. "I definitely think I played some of my best tennis consistently this week.
I'm obviously really happy and really proud of myself," she added, while stressing she won't let the performance put more pressure on her at the US Open.
"It's definitely more of a building block," she said.
Despite leading both sets, Kuznetsova never had a set point in either, Keys winning the final four games of the first set before dropping her serve in the third game of the second.
Keys broke Kuznetsova to level at 5-all and ran out the winner in the ensuing tiebreaker as the Russian sent a service return long on Keys's second match point.
"I just really focused in on obviously really important games and was able to make her play a lot of balls," Keys said.
"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."

Former world number two Kuznetsova, who received a wildcard into the draw, beat top seed Ashleigh Barty, world number three Ashleigh Barty and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens on her way to the final.
"I had a lot of matches where they could have gone either way, including this one," said Kuznetsova, who will jump from 118th to 31st in the rankings and said she'd had a "great week."
"I had chances but she hit the ball well and was more aggressive. I'm happy with how I played, I'm feeling great," she said.
"It could give me more motivation in the future," Kuznetsova added. "I just want to rest and get ready for the Open."

More News For this Category

President of Bangladesh Archery Federation Lieutenant General (Retd) Md Mainul Islam speaking as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the Teer 3rd National Youth Archery Championship at Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi, Gazipur on Saturday.

President of Bangladesh Archery Federation Lieutenant General (Retd) Md Mainul Islam speaking as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the Teer 3rd National Youth Archery Championship at Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi, Gazipur on Saturday.

Hoeness steps down at Bayern, Flick to stay on for rest of 2019

After 40 years in charge, Uli Hoeness fought back tears as he officially stepped down as Bayern Munich president on Friday, when it was also confirmed interim coach Hansi Flick

Nadal bows out on top of the world

Nadal bows out on top of the world

Rafael Nadal was unable to crown his season with a first ATP Finals title but he ends it as world number one and with a chance to lead Spain to

England management hopeful of Anderson being fit for South Africa Tests

England fast bowler James Anderson, who hasn't played a Test since sustaining a calf strain during the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston in August this year, is expected to return

Joe Denly on track for Test return with fighting fifty

England batsman Joe Denly smashed a brilliant fifty in the final warm-up match against New Zealand A and quashed all the concerns over his fitness, leading up to the Test

Ex-Arsenal star Henry to coach Montreal Impact

Ex-Arsenal star Henry to coach Montreal Impact

Agency :Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry was Thursday appointed coach at MLS franchise Montreal Impact on a two-year contract as he gets a new chance of management after a

Simon Taufel urges cricket administrators to support umpires

Retired Australian umpire Simon Taufel on Thursday urged cricket administrators across the globe to lend support to umpires, just like the players, by having people in administration as well

Disputed Western Sahara becomes kitesurfing hotspot

Disputed Western Sahara becomes kitesurfing hotspot

Agency :In the heart of disputed Western Sahara, a former garrison town has become an unlikely tourist magnet after kitesurfers discovered the windswept desert coast was perfect for their

Manager of Administration and Education Affairs of Milestone School and College Rifat Alam (left) with a winner of the Annual Sports Competition of Milestone School and College at Diabari College Campus in the city's Uttara resently. Rifat Alam distributed the prizes among the winners as the chief guest.

Manager of Administration and Education Affairs of Milestone School and College Rifat Alam (left) with a winner of the Annual Sports Competition of Milestone School and College at Diabari College Campus in the city's Uttara resently. Rifat Alam distributed the prizes among the winners as the chief guest.

Wenger ends Bayern rumours after being named FIFA's           development chief

Wenger ends Bayern rumours after being named FIFA's development chief

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger returned to football on Wednesday after being named FIFA's chief of global football development, ending any chance of a move to managerless Bayern Munich.FIFA said