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Madison Keys is a name fans of American tennis have been hearing for awhile. The 19-year-old American is the youngest player in the WTA Top 50 and lived up to her potential by winning her first career title at the prestigious Wimbledon warm-up tournament, the Aegon International at Eastbourne. Playing in her very first tour final, Keys beat World #9 Angelique Kerber, 6-3 3-6 7-5 in just under 2 hours. By doing so, she became the first teenager to win a Premier-level tournament since Caroline Wozniacki did it in New Haven in 2009. Keys blasted 60 winners (including 17 aces) compared to 48 unforced errors, winning 14 of 19 points at the net.
Keys plays fellow youngster Monica Puig in the first round of Wimbledon next week.