Madison Keys bags first pro tennis title

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Madison Keys bagged her first career WTA title with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory over fifth seed Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s Aegon International final.

Seeing action in her first-ever final, the 19-year-old Keys hit 17 aces en route to victory that rewarded her with $120,000.

Keys became the youngest American to win a singles title since October 2006 when Vani King (17 years, 254 days) won in Bangkok.

Kerber fell to 3-8 in her career finals, including a 0-3 record in title matches this season. She entered Saturday’s match with a 2-0 mark against Keys.

On the men’s side, Feliciano Lopez completed a successful title defense via a 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-5 victory over Richard Gasquet.

Lopez needed two hours and 13 minutes to claim his fourth tour-level trophy and deny Gasquet his 11th ATP World Tour crown.

Lopez pocketed $77,315 and 250 ATP Rankings points, becoming the eighth over-30 champion on the ATP World Tour in 2014.

Meanwhile, Roberto Bautista Agut claimed his maiden ATP World Tour crown after defeating Benjamin Becker, 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4, in the Topshelf Open final.

With the win, Bautista Agu will soar to a new career-high of No. 23 after starting the year at No. 73. He became the second first-time champion this year after Federico Delbonis won in Sao Paulo.

On the women’s side, qualifier Coco Vandeweghe defeated Zheng Jie, 6-2, 6-4, to capture the first WTA title of her career.

Playing in her second career WTA final, the American dropped eight aces to beat Zheng in 70 minutes.

Vandeweghe took home $47,000 with the victory.

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