Madison Keys outslugs CoCo Vandeweghe to win at Stanford
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 07, 2017 10:52 AM
Madison Keys, of the United States, serves to compatriot Coco Vandeweghe during the finals of the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
By Janie McCauley, Associated Press
STANFORD, California (AP) — Third-seeded Madison Keys outslugged No. 6 CoCo Vandeweghe 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Sunday to win the Bank of the West Classic in a display of power and serving by the two young American stars in their first career matchup.
Keys won her third career title and first on hardcourt playing under cloudless skies at Stanford. She finally got her chance by rallying back to deuce in the ninth game of the second set, when Vandeweghe surrendered serve for the first time in the tournament.
Keys, who missed the first two months of the season following surgery on her left wrist, eliminated Wimbledon champion and top-seeded Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-2 in 57 minutes Saturday night to reach her first final this year.
A day later, Keys needed nearly that amount of time to win the first set in a tiebreaker: The opening set went 53 minutes then the second just 35.
The 22-year-old American had never won a championship on home soil.
In an event missing the marquee names such as the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova — who pulled out with a left arm injury ahead of her second match Wednesday — these two put on a great show, pounding groundstrokes in long points and holding serve all afternoon until that one decisive game.
This marked the 12th final between two Americans in tournament history and first since Vandeweghe's loss to Serena Williams in 2012.
Both women are projected to return to the top-20 in rankings when they are released Monday.