Adelaide International 2: Madison Keys blitzes past Alison Riske to claim title

Madison Keys barely broke into a sweat as she got past countrywoman Alison Riske in the final of the Adelaide International 2 on Saturday. Keys won 6-1, 6-2 in just 66 minutes.

The opening set was as one-sided as it could get as Keys bettered her opponent thoroughly. The second set saw Riske come up with a brief stab at resisting Keys’ game but there wasn’t much she could do to outmatch her rival. One of the keys of the match was second-serve points won. While Keys won 73% of her second-serve points, Riske could manage to win only 27%.

Adelaide International 2: Madison Keys turns back time

Keys created nine break points for herself on Riske’s serve and while the latter saved five of these, the four she couldn’t save gave Keys absolute control over the proceedings. On the other hand, the 2017 US Open finalist didn’t face a single break point on her serve.

After her win, in her conversation with the press, Keys said, “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. 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.”

The Adelaide International 2 title is Madison Keys’ first title in almost three years, since the 2019 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. It’s also her sixth career title. Likewise, Keys’ now won six matches against Riske out of the seven they’ve played until now, losing just once. 

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