American Madison Keys won her first title since August of 2017 on Sunday, defeating fifth-seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-6(5), 6-3 to win the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina.
“It means so much,” said Keys. “I’ve always loved Charleston. It’s always been one of my favorite tournaments, so to now be able to say that I’ve won the tournament be on the trophy is really, really special.”
Keys hit a whopping 45 winners against Wozniacki, and won 76 percent of the points on her first serve to overpower Wozniacki in a really competitive and physical match.
“It’s definitely been a really great week for me, especially after having some really tough losses the last couple of weeks,” said Keys. “And to be able to really bounce back and have a really good week of training with my coach, Nacho, and then be able to come and win the tournament, it definitely is a very good springboard for heading over to Europe.”
With the victory, Keys jumps up four spots to No. 14 in the world rankings.
Despite the defeat, it was a successful tournament for Wozniacki. At the beginning of this year, she revealed she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and it has been a tough couple of months in terms of her results.
But her runner-up showing in Charleston can serve as a confidence-builder for the Dane.
“Some days I feel amazing and I can do whatever I want, and some days I just don’t feel great. And I’ll speak up and say, ‘Hey, let’s go easy today. Let’s just do tactical, technical things and not push too hard.’ It’s just about finding that balance and knowing yourself and learning along the way.”