Dominant Madison Keys wins Aegon Classic Birmingham title | Tennis in Britain

Dominant Madison Keys wins Aegon Classic Birmingham title

19/06/2016

| Aegon Classic Birmingham

Madison Keys’ love affair with grass court tennis continued as she beat Barbora Strycova to lift the Aegon Classic Birmingham title.

The powerful American, 21, is into the top ten in the world for the first time after beating the Czech 6-3, 6-4 at the Edgbaston Priory Club to add to the Aegon International Eastbourne title she won in 2014.

Keys got off to the best possible start, breaking her opponent in her first service game and dominated the first set before serving it out comfortably.

Madison KeysIn the second, Strycova, who also reached the final in Birmingham two years ago, came out fighting and held her serve after an epic opening game.

After 28 points played, the set was poised at 1-1 and there were no breaks until Keys took the advantage to move into a 5-4 lead.

The title was won with an overhead smash and after lifting her second WTA title, Keys said: “I'm feeling pretty good.

“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.”

Strycova said: “Losing the final is always disappointing. But I played a good couple of matches and I beat good players on grass.

“She's 21 years old and she's already top 10. She can play on any surface, and especially grass, I think, suits her game because she serves very well."

Madison Keys

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