World No. 87 Madison Keys was glad she managed to keep her focus throughout the match against Alison Riske and capture her first WTA title since 2019. Keys, a former world No. 7, demolished fellow American Riske 6-1 6-2 in the Adelaide 2 final.
The two players were tied at one game apiece after the opening two games but Keys then earned three breaks in a row as she won seven consecutive games to open a 6-1 2-0 lead. Keys claimed another break in the second game, before serving out for the match a game later.
"I'm really happy with how today went. I think I started really well and just had the momentum. There were a couple of opportunities where momentum could have switched, and I think I did a really good job of just regrouping and continuing to focus on my side of the court.
Really happy to get a win," Keys said, per the WTA website.
Keys really happy with her week in Adelaide
" I think the biggest takeaway is that things can switch at any moment. As long as you can continue to have the right mindset and keep going for things and keep working hard, things will get better if they're not going well as long as you just have the right mindset and continue to have a good attitude about it," Keys added.
"I'm just really happy that I've been able to put a lot of good matches together. But the biggest thing that I'm taking away from this week is even after being in positions where I lost the first set or things might not be going my way, just having a really collected mindset of I can figure this out, and if I don't I go back onto the practice court and I figure it out tomorrow.
Being really conscious of that on the court." Keys will now switch her focus to the Australian Open. Keys faces Sofia Kenin in her opener at Melbourne Park.