Tennis: Keys claims Cincinnati title over Kuznetsova

Madison Keys poses for photographers after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the women's final during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on Aug 18, 2019 in Mason, Ohio.
Madison Keys poses for photographers after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the women's final during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on Aug 18, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. PHOTO: AFP

CINCINNATI (REUTERS) - American Madison Keys overcame Svetlana Kuznetsova leads in both sets to defeat the Russian for the Cincinnati Masters title on Sunday (Aug 18).

The confidence-boosting 7-5 7-6(5) victory sent Keys into the US Open later this month as the world's number 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.