Photo: Charles Gabrean PhotographyMadison Keys (USA)
PHOENIX, AZ, USA: 17-year-old Madison Keys defeated fellow American and eighth seed Maria Sanchez 63 76(1) at the Phoenix Country Club to win the 4th Annual Goldwater Women's Tennis Classic. Keys did not drop a set during the tournament and managed to come back from a 3-5 deficit in the second set.
Keys served to open the match and both players comfortably held serve throughout the opening five games of the match. The extended sixth game of the first set featured four deuces and Sanchez was able to defend one break point before Keys was finally able to break through for a 4-2 lead. Keys would then hit a blistering backhand down the line at 40-30 on her serve to consolidate the break and get within a game of taking the opening set at 5-2. Sanchez would hold her serve and Keys would then fire two aces in her service game, including a beauty out wide on set point to claim the first set.
Sanchez served to open the second set and double faulted at 30-40 to hand the game to Keys. Just as she did in the opening set, Keys would hold serve following the break to race to a 2-0 lead. Each player held serve in the next two games, with Keys hitting her fifth ace of the match to seal the fourth game of the set and take a 3-1 lead.
Now, the momentum appeared to be with Madison Keys as Sanchez served down 1-3, 30-40, however Sanchez was able to get to deuce, save yet another break point and then steady her play to close out the game. Suddenly, Keys appeared to lose her way in her service game as she got down 15-40 and Sanchez was able to break for the first time in the match on her second break point opportunity and level the set at 3-3.
Maria Sanchez lifted her game, served the next game to love and broke Keys yet again on her second break opportunity of the game to take a 5-3 lead and serve for the second set. However, Sanchez would fall behind 15-40 and Keys broke on the next point to deny Sanchez the second set. Keys stormed to a 40-0 lead serving at 4-5 and Sanchez would get to within 40-30 before Keys closed out the game to knot the set at 5-5.
Sanchez fell behind 15-40 and was called for a racquet abuse violation warning as she scraped the court in disgust with her racquet. Despite saving the first break point, Keys would win the next point to take a 6-5 lead and serve for the Championship. Immediately, the nerves got to Keys and she fell behind 0-40 and Sanchez would break on her second opportunity to take the second set to a tiebreaker.
Madison Keys got the mini break early as a Sanchez forehand sailed wide and then proceeded to win the next two points on her serve to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the breaker. Sanchez would win the next point on her serve, however it would be the only point she would record as Keys won the next four points to take the tiebreaker 7-1 and win the Goldwater Women's Tennis Classic Championship.
The victory for Madsion Keys was her 13th in her last 14 matches as she also won the $50K Challenger in Saguenay, Quebec late last month.