Keys unlocks success in Birmingham

Madison Keys defeated tour veteran Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 to win the Aegon Classic on Sunday and in doing so claimed her second WTA title.

The 21 year old American dominated the opening exchanges, storming to a 3-0 lead and never looking back in a decisive opening set that she won 6-3.

Strycova kept it close in the second, engineering a break point in the eighth game that would have allowed her to serve for a decider if she had converted.

However, it was not to be as Keys saved her serve and then kept her cool and won the last two games on the bounce to win her first WTA title since 2014.

Keys, who now becomes the first American to debut in the top-10 since Serena Williams in April of 1999, played phenomenal grass court tennis during the 79 minute affair, hitting 27 winners to only 16 unforced errors and finding success on 13 of 18 ventures to the net.