BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain
Keyswent one better in Birmingham, defeating tour veteran strycova 6-3, 6-4, to win her second WTA title.
Keys had been made to work through a rainy week in Birmingham, winning a pair of thrilling three-setters against Jelena ostapenko and Suarez navarro just to clinch her Top 10 debut.
But it was the 21 year old American who drew first blood on Sunday's final, racing out to a 3-0 lead and never looking back in a decisive opening set.
"I think I got off to a good start in the first set breaking early," she said in her post-match press conference. "I think I held onto the that lead pretty well. Then in the second set, she definitely raised her level."