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Madison Keys reacts to defeating Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the championship match of the 2019 Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island on April 7. Brad Nettles/Staff

Madison Keys won the keys to the City of Charleston — and the keys to a new Volvo S60 — at the Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island this year.

The women's tennis star will return next April to defend her Volvo Car Open title, the WTA tournament announced Wednesday.

It will be Keys' eighth straight appearance in Charleston. The 2020 Volvo Car Open will take place April 4–12.

“Winning the Volvo Car Open after coming so close in the past was the most amazing feeling,” said Keys. “Charleston has always been one of my favorite tournaments and being able to win the title was such a special moment. I’m excited to come back next year to play in front of the best fans around.”

Keys defeated three Grand Slam champions and an Olympic gold medalist en route to the VCO title, including Caroline Wozniacki in the finals.

“Madison’s win in Charleston this year was something our fans have been rooting for since she started competing in the Volvo Car Open in 2013,” said tournament manager Eleanor Adams. “Her personality shines when she plays and our fans have loved watching her grow up on our courts. We’re ecstatic that she’ll be back in 2020 to defend her well-deserved title.”

Keys holds a 16-6 record in Charleston, where she captured the title in 2019, reached the semifinals in 2018 and was a finalist in 2015.

Her 2019 season also includes a quarterfinal appearance at the French Open and fourth-round berth at the Australian Open. In addition, she was a member of the U.S. Fed Cup team. The 24-year-old has remained in the WTA’s top 20 for the past five seasons.

Keys was awarded a key to the City of Charleston by Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg during the singles final trophy presentation. The Volvo Car Open also honored her with the 2019 Player Who Makes A Difference award for her work with the anti-bullying nonprofit, Fearlessly Girl.

The Volvo Car Open will celebrate its 20th year in Charleston in 2020. The tournament relocated to Charleston from Hilton Head Island, where it was held from 1973 to 2000.

The nine-day Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America. The event attracts an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of the top singles and doubles tennis players to Charleston every year.

Tickets for the 2020 Volvo Car Open will go on sale on Monday, September 9.

Reach Jeff Hartsell at 843-937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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