With her win in Eastbourne, Madison Keys is projected to break into the Top 30 for the first time.
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By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
The U.S. women are having a dream week in the grass court tune-ups for Wimbledon, with rising Americans advancing to the final of events in Eastbourne, England, and S’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe will play their championship matches in these events on Saturday.
In S’Hertogenbosch, Vandeweghe used her powerful serve and forehand to keep the points short against No. 8 seed Klara Koukalova of Czech Republic, dominating the baseline rallies throughout the match. She cracked a backhand winner on match point to advance into her second WTA final, 6-4, 6-2. The win also avenged her three-set loss to Koukalova last week at the WTA event in Birmingham, England.
In her previous WTA final, Vandeweghe fell to Serena Williams at the Emirates Airline US Open Series event in Stanford, Calif.
The 22-year-old has been enjoying a career resurgence in recent months. Ranked No. 245 last July, her consistent results on tour since then have led to her jump over 170 spots to her current ranking of No. 69. So far in 2014, she’s reached the third round at the Sony Open in Miami and the WTA event in Birmingham, England, as well as reaching the second round of the French Open last month.
Vandeweghe is projected to move to around No. 55 in next week’s rankings with her result in S’Hertogenbosch. She faces Zheng Jie of China in the final.
At the WTA Premier event in Eastbourne, Keys blocked out the cheers for local favorite Heather Watson and got down to business. Combining big serves with timely trips to the net, she easily moved into her first WTA final, 6-3, 6-1.
The 19-year-old has been in impressive form this week, having taken out world No. 7 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in her opening round. She’ll play world No. 9 Angelique Kerber of Germany in the championship match. Keys will move into the Top 40 with her results this week.