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Keys beats Strycova to win Aegon Classic title

  • USA's Madison Keys celebrates defeating Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova and winning the singles final of the Birmingham Classic women's tennis tournament at the Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, central England, Saturday June 18, 2016. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    USA's Madison Keys celebrates defeating Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova and winning the singles final of the Birmingham Classic women's tennis tournament at the Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, central England, Saturday June 18, 2016. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova returns a shot to Madison Keys,  during the singles final match between Madison Keys and Barbora Strycova, on day seven of the Birmingham Classic women's tennis tournament at the Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, central England, Saturday June 18, 2016. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova returns a shot to Madison Keys, during the singles final match between Madison Keys and Barbora Strycova, on day seven of the Birmingham Classic women's tennis tournament at the Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, central England, Saturday June 18, 2016. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • USA's Madison Keys celebrates defeating Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova and winning the singles final of the Birmingham Classic women's tennis tournament at the Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, central England, Saturday June 18, 2016. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    USA's Madison Keys celebrates defeating Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova and winning the singles final of the Birmingham Classic women's tennis tournament at the Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, central England, Saturday June 18, 2016. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

American Madison Keys powered to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova in the Aegon Classic final, only the second grass-court title of her career.

Strycova, who was playing her 18th set of the week after reaching both the singles and doubles finals, still had enough energy and tenacity to come close to turning the second set around.

The Czech player appeared poised to get back into the match when she earned a break point in the eighth game of the second set, but Keys saved it with a series of well-controlled and well-placed forehand drives allowing the American to cruise to the title.

Keys says "I am just going to focus on this - I am really happy. I will start focusing on Wimbledon tomorrow."