Stanford | Keys takes the final honours
Madison Keys won the Stanford Classic in a straight sets victory over her American compatriot CoCo Vandeweghe and looks to have fully recovered her lost form after battling with injuries and wrist surgery which side-lined her for two months earlier this year.
It finally feels like I'm on the right track and feeling good about my tennis again. It feels amazing to have a title at home and on hard courts Madison Keys
But she was made to work hard for the third title of her career, eventually coming through 7-6(4) 6-4
“It hasn’t been the easiest last couple of months, but this means a lot to me,” the Stanford champion, the world No.21, said. “It finally feels like I’m on the right track and feeling good about my tennis again. It feels amazing to have a title at home and on hard courts.
“I’m really, really happy that this is kind of the start of my US Open Series.”
It will certainly have given her confidence a timely boost as the US Open approaches.
The two finalists, Fed Cup teammates, embraced at the net on the conclusion of the 68-minute match with Keys declaring: “Thanks for a great week CoCo.”
In Washington DC, Ekaterina Makarova emerged as this year’s WTA’s Citi Open champion but again, had to battel had to claim the title at the expense of Julia Goerges.
The Rusian, ranked 58, recovered from the loss of the first set to defeat the German, ranked 40, 3-6 7-6(2) 6-0 for her third career WTA crown.
It was the third consecutive match that Makarova was forced to recover from a set down.
“Every time when I was coming back, I was really enjoying, and dreaming to win this tournament, and here it is. I’m so happy about that,” Makarova said after winning her first title since 2014. “I don’t have a coach this week with me, but I have some great supporters. The crowd was just amazing and I heard a lot of Russians today.”
The 29-year-old Makarova improved her record in career finals to 3-2 while Goerges, who hasn’t won a title since 2011, fell to 2-6 in career finals in what was her second final of the year.