Madison Keys defeats Alison Riske in Adelaide final

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Former US Open finalist Madison Keys prepared for the Australian Open in fine form by winning an all-American final of the WTA tournament in Adelaide against Alsion Riske.

The 26-year-old Keys never allowed his compatriot a peek into the contest, blasting their way to a 6-1, 6-2 win in just over an hour to claim their sixth WTA title.

Former world No. 7 Keys, who has slipped to his current 87th due to injuries and a decline in form in recent years, had qualified for the final after overcoming a leg injury to beat the third seeded Coco Gauff in three sets in another. All-American game in the semi-finals.

On Saturday, Keys showed why she was a top ten player with her powerful serve and attacking groundstrokes that proved too hot for Riske to handle as Keys won the first set in 29 minutes.

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

Keys will now have a tricky Australian Open first-round opponent in American, world No. 12 and 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.

Riske plays Donna Vekic in the first round at Melbourne Park.

Three more finals are scheduled among the joint ATP-WTA tournaments in Adelaide and Sydney, including Andy Murray’s first ATP Tour final in more than two years against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev at the Sydney Tennis Classic.


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