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Keys wins Strasbourg clay-court title

By AFP
May 26, 2024
Madison Keys lifts the trophy of her first WTA title with victory over compatriot Danielle Collins in Strasbourg on May 25, 2024. — AFP
Madison Keys lifts the trophy of her first WTA title with victory over compatriot Danielle Collins in Strasbourg on May 25, 2024. — AFP 

STRABOURG: In-form American Madison Keys warmed up for the French Open by winning the first WTA title on red clay of her career with victory over compatriot Danielle Collins in Strasbourg on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Keys, who also reached the semi-finals in Madrid and quarter-finals in Rome this clay-court swing, eased to a 6-1, 6-2 win.

It was the world number 16´s eighth career Tour-level title and first on red clay, after a 2019 success on green clay in Charleston. Playing her final season before retirement, Collins won the Miami Masters in March and claimed the clay-court title last month at Charleston. Keys will start her campaign at Roland Garros, where the French Open starts on Sunday, against Mexican Renata Zarazua, while Collins plays Caroline Dolehide.