Madison Keys poses for a photo with the Rookwood Cup after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) during the finals of the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament. Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Madison Keys poses for a photo with the Rookwood Cup after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) during the finals of the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament. Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Madison Keys (USA) returns a shot against Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS). Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Madison Keys (USA) returns a shot against Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS). Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Svetlana Kuznetsova (left) greets Madison Keys (right) after their match during the finals of the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament. Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Svetlana Kuznetsova (left) greets Madison Keys (right) after their match during the finals of the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament. Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

CINCINNATI – American Madison Keys overcame Svetlana Kuznetsova leads in both sets to defeat the Russian for the Cincinnati Masters title on Sunday.

The confidence-boosting 7-5 7-6 (5) victory sent Keys into the U.S. Open later this month as the world's number 10 ranked player, officials said.

“If you told me a week ago this is where I would be, I would have laughed in your face!” Keys said in accepting the tournament trophy.

In both sets, the 2017 U.S. Open finalist trailed 5-3 before rallying to win.

Keys won four consecutive games to claim the opener. She needed a tiebreak to prevail in the second.

The triumph was the fourth in a row on hardcourts for the 16th-seeded Keys over Kuznetsova.

Keys delivered 13 aces and 45 winners against 29 unforced errors. Kuznetsova had just two aces and 15 winners.

Reuters