22 Jun 2014

Teenager Keys unlocks first WTA title

6:55 am on 22 June 2014

American Madison Keys broke through for the first title of her career as she beat experienced German fifth seed Angelique Kerber 6-3 3-6 7-5 to win the lastest WTA tennis tournament in Eastbourne, England.

Three years after first stepping onto a grass court, the 19-year-old from Florida became the first American to claim the title at Devonshire Park since Chanda Rubin in 2003.

Kerber saved three match points in the final game as the losing 2012 finalist struggled to stay in the match, but Keys ended those hopes as she earned the victory in just under two hours when Kerber hit the net with her 48th unforced error.

Keys had never before played a final, with a pair of semi-finals at Sydney and Strasbourg her best previous showings of 2014.

Keys' success came just hours after that of compatriot Coco Vandeweghe, who also won her first title after beating China's Zheng Jie in The Netherlands.