Madison Keys getting groove back wins sixth career title at Adelaide International

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Madison Keys getting groove back wins sixth career title at Adelaide International

"I think I started really well and just had the momentum. I'm really happy how today went," Madison Keys said giving a big grin after grabbing her sixth career title at Adelaide against Alison Riske. It appears to have been Keys' event from the beginning of the tournament.

She played aggressively and mixed up her game to come out winning towards the end. Keys demolished her opponents' game playing self-assured and it showed the proof in round one as she faced no. 17 Elina Svitolina with expert strategies and neutralized the Ukraine's game blasting 14 aces and tough tactics to win in straight sets.

But Russia's Ludmilla Samsonova in the next round denied Keys a set, proving that she wanted to win very badly. Madison won the opening set and may have gotten a bit lack and started executing a bit poorly. She fell to Samsonova's determined strategies but the deciding set, Keys pulled her game together and got tough to win the set and the match.

Madison Keys' only compatriots in Adelaide was the teen Coco Gauff who she'd never played before and Alison Riske, a nearly veteran on tour who played Keys 4 other times and won only once. The teen had given Keys trouble from the begining by taking the first set.

Madison paced herself, corrected her opening set errors and went on to win in three sets off the defiant Gauff. Riske knew Keys' game well and was quite weary thinking if she could come out of this match a winner. It didn't work the other four times and it didn't work this time.

Keys' was the dominant and impressive player. She gave her fans a treat as she took hold of each match and become victorious in the game again. The few tournaments before Adelaide, Keys lackluster performance shown through as she had losses at the Gippsland Trophy event in two rounds as well as at Indian Wells.

The Chicago Fall event she'd loss at the opening and the U.S. Open 2021 appeared to be a repeat of the 2017 version where she played Sloane Stephens and loss to her again. Most agree that the tennis game has a great mental aspect and Keys explained that "As long as you can continue to have the right mindset...things will get better."

But even holding the Adelaide trophy she can remember a few rounds where she lost a set. She never let that feeling leaveher and said "..the biggest takeaway is that things can switch at any moment." It did for Keys at times but she kept focused.

She gave herself a compliment saying "I did a really good job of just regrouping and continuing to focus on my side of the court." The idea of losing a set could help ruin a player's rhythm, but not Keys'

It gave her courage to stay in the mindset of winning and it helped her gain victories. "Really happy to get a win," she would say. Madison Keys didn't only get a win but a huge capture of her sixth career title.

If she continues like that more will be coming her way in the start of a complex, but competitive season.