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Latest WTA Rankings 19 August 2019 - Madison Keys returns to top 10 with Cincinnati title

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  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Keys back into top 10 after winning Cincinnati title
  • Kuznetsova rises 91 places back into top 100 with runner-up finish
Madison Keys (PA Images)

Madison Keys has returned to the top 10 in the latest WTA rankings and secured the No. 10 seeding for the upcoming U.S. Open after winning the biggest title of her career at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Sunday.

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Keys recovered from 3-5 deficits in both sets against resurgent former World No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova to emerge triumphant by a 7-5 7-6(5) scoreline to capture her second title of 2019, following on from the Volvo Car Open in Charleston in April.

The Premier-5 level Western & Southern Open is the biggest title Keys has won in her career to date, with the American previously finishing runner-up at Premier-5 events in Rome and Montreal in 2016, while she also reached the U.S. Open final during her career-best 2017 season.

Madison Keys (USA) poses for a selfie with fans (PA Images)
Keys has struggled with various injury setbacks over the last couple of seasons, but she returned to her explosive best in Cincinnati and has got to be considered as a title contender for the U.S. Open, which begins next week.

"If you told me this is where I would be a week ago, I would have laughed in your face,” Keys laughed as she addressed the crowd during the presentation ceremony.
"It's definitely a great building block," she added. "I want to do well in New York and have a good end to the season."

Keys rises eight spots in the latest WTA rankings to No. 10, ensuring she will be seeded that number for the U.S. Open.

Meanwhile, Kuznetsova started the Western & Southern Open at No. 153 in the world and needed a wildcard to enter the main draw after a knee injury delayed the start of her season until April.

The 34-year-old put together an incredible week, beating three top 10 players at the same tournament for the first time in her illustrious career as she toppled Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Ashleigh Barty to make the final.

As a result, Kuznetsova climbs a whopping 91 places in the rankings to No. 62.

"Honestly, I didn't expect to be so good at this tournament," she said.

World No. 18 Wang Qiang is the only top 10 player competing this week at the inaugural Bronx Open as the other top players arrive at Flushing Meadows to begin preparations for the U.S. Open.

Naomi Osaka remains the No. 1 and top seed for her upcoming U.S. Open title defence. Barty would have reclaimed the No. 1 ranking had she beat Kuznetsova in the Cincinnati semi-finals and will be the second seed.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday August 19


1. Naomi Osaka
2. Ashleigh Barty
3. Karolina Pliskova
4. Simona Halep
5. Elina Svitolina (+2)
6. Petra Kvitova
7. Kiki Bertens (-2)
8. Serena Williams
9. Aryna Sabalenla
10. Madison Keys (+8)
11. Sloane Stephens (-1)
12. Anastasija Sevastova (-1)
13. Belinda Bencic (-1)
14. Angelique Kerber (-1)
15. Bianca Andreescu (-1)
16. Johanna Konta (-1)
17. Marketa Vondrousova (-1)
18. Wang Qiang (-1) 
19. Caroline Wozniacki (-1)
20. Sofia Kenin (+2)


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Latest WTA Rankings 19 August 2019 - Madison Keys returns to top 10 with Cincinnati title

Madison Keys has returned to the top 10 in the latest WTA rankings and secured the No. 10 seeding for the upcoming U.S. Open after winning the biggest title of her career at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Sunday.

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