Western and Southern Open: Petra Kvitova beats Madison Keys in final

The win also marked the 40th WTA Tour singles final of Kvitova’s career. Kvitova, who is 29-10 in the final, will be aiming for her 30th career singles title on Sunday.

The 28th-ranked player from the Czech Republic took 2 hours and 18 minutes to beat 24th-ranked American Keys in a battle between former top 10 players and power hitters.

Kvitova and Keys went head to head 4-4 in their latest clash. Their most recent meeting took place a year earlier in the first round of the event, where Kvitova won in straight sets.

After barely dropping the tiebreak of the first set, Kvitova returned to secure another Cincinnati win over Keys to take the lead in their rivalry. It is the Czech’s first win in the Cincinnati semi-finals, having previously lost in this round in 2012 and 2018.

With the win, former world No. 2 Kvitova is expected to return to the top 20 in Monday’s singles rankings. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova dropped to number 34 earlier this year, her lowest ranking since 2010.

Despite the loss on Saturday, Keys put up another stellar performance in Cincinnati this week, including a round-of-16 victory over top seed Inga Swietek for her first win over a current world No. 1 player. Keys also defeated defending Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals.

After splitting the first two sets, Kvitova returned a massive forehand to break Keys in the opening game of the decider. Keys almost pulled back on the serve 4-3 with a 0-40 lead on Kvitova’s serve, but the Czechs held on to 5-3 out of risk and kept the advantage of their break.

In the next game, Keys used a forehand winner and a fine serve to erase the first two match points, but a Kvitova backhand return gave the Czech his third match point. He proved to be the charm after Keys sent a forehand wide to end the case with a big hit.

Keys had four more winners and four fewer unforced errors than Kvitova that day. But Kvitova was more successful at the break point, converting five for 12, while Keys went 2-for-8.

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