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Madison Keys rallies late to take first Cincinnati title

Western & Southern Open - Day 9

MASON, OHIO - AUGUST 18: Madison Keys poses for photographers after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the women’s final during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 18, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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MASON, Ohio -- Madison Keys rallied late in both sets and beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 (5) for her first Cincinnati championship Sunday, sending her into the U.S. Open on a one-week upswing.

By winning her first hardcourt final since the 2017 U.S. Open, she’ll be No. 10 when she returns to New York. Keys entered the tournament on a streak of early flameouts in her last three tournaments.

At 34, Kuznetsova was the oldest finalist in the Western & Southern Open’s history. Keys broke her late in both sets to win the title. Kuznetsova beat three top-10 players during the week, her best showing of a season that started late as she recovered from a knee injury.