Petra Kvitova moved into the Western & Southern Open for the first time in her career after overcoming 2019 champion Madison Keys 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3 in their Saturday semifinal showdown. The occasion also marks the 40th Hologic WTA Tour singles final of Kvitova’s career.
World No.28 Kvitova of the Czech Republic took 2 hours and 18 minutes to outlast American Keys, ranked 24th, in a battle between former Top 10 players and power hitters.
Fast facts: Kvitova and Keys came into their latest clash with a deadlocked 4-4 head-to-head. Their most recent meeting took place in the first round of this event one year ago, where Kvitova triumphed in straight sets.
After barely dropping the first-set tiebreak, Kvitova rebounded to take another Cincinnati victory over Keys and edge ahead in their rivalry. It marks the Czech’s first win in a Cincinnati semifinal, having previously lost in this round in 2012 and 2018.
With the win, former World No.2 Kvitova is projected to rise back into the Top 20 in Monday’s singles rankings. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova had fallen to No.34 earlier this year — her lowest ranking since 2010.
Despite the loss on Saturday, Keys posted another stellar showing in Cincinnati this week, including a Round-of-16 victory over top seed Iga Swiatek for her first win over a current World No.1 player. Keys also beat reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals.
More to come….