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Keys claims Cincinnati title over Kuznetsova

Keys claims Cincinnati title over Kuznetsova
By Reuters

18/08/2019 at 22:37Updated 19/08/2019 at 15:16

American Madison Keys overcame Svetlana Kuznetsova leads in both sets to defeat the Russian for the Cincinnati Masters title on Sunday.

The confidence-boosting 7-5 7-6(5) victory sent Keys into the US Open later this month as the world's No.10 ranked player, officials said.

"If you told me a week ago this is where I would be, I would have laughed in your face!" Keys said in accepting the tournament trophy.

In both sets, the 2017 US Open finalist trailed 5-3 before rallying to win.

Keys won four consecutive games to claim the opener. She needed a tiebreak to prevail in the second.

The triumph was the fourth in a row on hardcourts for the 16th-seeded Keys over Kuznetsova.

Keys delivered 13 aces and 45 winners against 29 unforced errors. Kuznetsova had just two aces and 15 winners.

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