Madison Keys wins Australian Open lead-up event

Madison Keys has warmed up for the Australian Open by winning an all-American final of the WTA tournament in Adelaide against Alsion Riske.

The 2017 US Open runner-up never allowed her compatriot a look into the contest, powering her way to a 6-1, 6-2 victory in just over an hour to claim her sixth WTA title.

Keys, who has slipped to her current 87th-ranking due to injuries and a form slump in recent years, had progressed to the final after overcoming a leg injury to beat third-seed Coco Gauff in three sets in another all-American match up in the semi-finals.

On Saturday, Keys showed why she has been ranked as a high as seven in the world, with her powerful serve and attacking ground strokes proving too hot to handle for Riske.

Keys claimed the first set in 29 minutes.

The 57th-ranked Riske then lost her opening service game of the second set from which she never recovered as Keys broke again late in the second set and then served it out for her first title since winning at Cincinnati in 2019.

Keys faces a tricky first-round opponent at Melbourne Park next week in 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.

Riske plays Donna Vekic in the first round.


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