Madison Keys has been crowned the 2014 Aegon International champion after a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Angelique Kerber.
The 19 year-old American claimed her first WTA title after one hour and 56 minutes against the world No.9 German player.
Keys, the youngest player in the top 50, started strongly and took the first set 6-3, her aggressive ground stroke game pushing back the world Kerber and forcing errors. At one point Keys' serve was clocked at 126mph, the fastest serve on the WTA tour in 2014 thus far.
The German, who finished runner-up in Eastbourne in 2012, was proving no pushover however, and broke at the beginning of the second set to open up a 3-0 lead. Keys tried to fight back, but was unable to capitalise on a number of break point chances and Kerber took the second set 6-3.
With very little between the two players, the third and final set was close throughout, with no breaks of serve until the final game which saw the young American play some fearless tennis to take the third set 7-5 as the German netted her forehand.
Martina Navratilova presented with the winner’s trophy, and Keys commented: “It’s incredible to be able to win this tournament along with so many other great players.”
Speaking after the final, Kerber added: “I think I would just take all the positive things when I going now to Wimbledon, beacause I had great, tough matches here. I am feeling good on grass, and, yeah, I'm looking forward now to the next tournament and my next chance."- See more at: http://www.lta.org.uk/fans-major-events/LTA-summer-grass-court-events/Aegon-International/News/2014/Aegon-International-Day-6/#sthash.l3kbKoqQ.dpuf
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