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Keys overpowers Wozniacki to win Volvo Car Open

Keys overpowers Wozniacki to win Volvo Car Open

Keys broke Wozniacki in the sixth game of the second set to go up 4-2 and when she made it 5-2 that all but clinched the match.

Denmark's Wozniacki, showing confidence after an illness, defeated Martic 6-3, 6-4 before Keys of the USA turned back Puerto Rico's Monica Puig 6-4, 6-0 in a semi-final that was delayed for more than an hour by rain.

Not even she envisioned this run, in which she defeated 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals, 2016 Olympic champion Monica Puig in the semifinals and Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open victor, for the title.

Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka used her superior serving and punishing groundstrokes to upset top seed Angelique Kerber 6-4 4-6 6-1 and advance to Sunday's final of the Monterrey Open against Garbine Muguruza. In the quarterfinal, she met Monica Puig and knocked out the Puerto Rican in straight sets.

Keys was a similarly convincing victor in her semi with Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, winning 6-4, 6-0.

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"Definitely going to look at how [Wozniacki's] been playing and just try to have a really great game plan", said Keys. "I think I did a pretty good job to close it out". Keys closed out the set three points later.

"I think she came out really firing and going for her shots, and she was making a lot of them", Keys said to media.

"I just keep needing to have a positive attitude, because I can play well on this surface". Keys will have a tough time here in overcoming her formidable opponent.

"I just tried to stay aggressive as much as I could and tried to make (Martic) run and make her move", number five seed Wozniacki said at her post-match press conference.

Carried by this momentum, Keys dropped only six points on serve in set number two and that gave her the opportunity to wait for a chance on the return patiently, wasting two break points in game two.