MASON, Ohio (AP) Petra Kvitova outlasted Madison Keys 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to attain the Western & Southern Open final.
The 32-year-old Kvitova had never advanced to the semifinals in 10 prior appearances in the Cincinnati tournament. It really is Czechs 40th career final, and shell face another surprise entrant in Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, the initial qualifier to attain the ultimate in Cincinnati.
Thats nice to possess this experience, even yet in my age, Kvitova said, smiling. In my own career, I had many, many finals, but never here. It feels different because its for the very first time in Cincinnati.
Kvitova almost didnt ensure it is from the first round, needing to save a match point against last years finalist, Jil Teichmann. She also needed three sets to beat fifth-ranked Ons Jabeur in the 3rd round.
Its just like a second chance you are almost gone and today you’re still here and playing in the (final), Kvitova said.
Keys, the 2019 champion in Cincinnati, defeated three grand slam winners this week, but couldnt close out Kvitova.
The 28-year-old Garcia won her seventh straight match, beating sixth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
There have been two rain stoppages through the match, totaling four hours. Garcia took the initial set, but following an almost 2 1/2-hour delay, Sabalenka forced a third set.
The next rain delay was included with Garcia leading 3-1 in the 3rd. But once play resumed, she made quick work of the Belarusian, winning three straight games to end up being the first qualifier to attain the finals in a WTA 1000 event.
Nobody expected it, thats for certain, Garcia said. Its quite a distance ahead from (qualifiers). Its one match at the same time. Make an effort to take the very best out of every match and improve through the tournament.
It’ll be the ninth meeting between Kvitova and Garcia, with Kvitova winning five, including two straight wins in Miami and Madrid.
Shes an excellent champion, Garcia said. You need to play faster and move better on court against a new player such as this. Its an excellent challenge for me personally to play against Petra.