Keys Rockets Past Kerber to Claim Maiden WTA Title

Madison Keys has smashed her way past Angelique Kerber in an epic final in Eastbourne, a fitting way to end what has been a marvelous week of high quality tennis. Keys super aggression was ultimately too much for the German to handle. Keys blasted 60 winners and 17 aces past Kerber to edge past the German 6-3 3-6 7-5 in an amazing display of power tennis.

After a slightly nervy start, Keys quickly found her rhythm. The Americans serve was virtually unplayable in the opening set. Keys would break in the fourth game for a 3-1 lead and never looked back from here. Keys calmly served out the opening set, taking it 6-3.

The second set was a different story. The Americans level dropped away in the early stages whilst Kerber effectively changed her tactics. The German began to hit the ball much deeper, pushing Keys back behind the baseline and moving her around the court. Kerber would break Keys in her opening service game and race to a 3-0 lead. The American only managed 1 first serve in this game which was a bit of a theme in the second set. Kerber had a few nervy moments when serving for the set, double faulting to go down 0-30. The German once again showed her mental toughness, rallying to take the set 6-3.

Both ladies simultaneously raised their level in the third set, leading to a tense ending to the match. Madison Keys brought up two break points in the fourth game of the set but was unable to convert. The two would trade service holds until 5-5. Madison Keys would go down 0-30, her inexperience seemingly becoming a factor. Keys would raise her level once again, At 30-30 the American finished off an outstanding rally with a delicate drop shot. The American would eventually hold and force Kerber to serve to stay in the match for a second time. Three championship points came and went for the American, Kerber finding a first serve on all three occasions. Keys finally sealed the deal on her fourth match point, a joyous moment for the young American, the first of many titles to come.

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