Madison Keys hadn’t given up a single set this week, but this fine streak came to an end after winning the first set in the semi-finals against Petra Kvitova. Unable to capitalize on this advantage, the American lost 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-3, against the 32-year-old Czech. Which will play the 40th final of her career on Sunday. She will aim for a 30th title. It will be against Caroline Garcia or Aryna Sabalenka.
Kvitova, however, started the debates in a very nasty way by spitting three double faults in her second game of service (3-1 Keys). But the level of the American was not stable enough to manage this lead (3-3). The tie-break that followed however fell into his hands after 55 minutes but Keys seemed to be walking on a thread.
Two lightning winning returns gave the break to the Czech in the third game of the second set. Advantage she doubled to lead 5-2, double break. A redacted service game did not prevent him from picking up the score (6-4).
The last set was played in two stages. First, on a break signed entry by Kvitova. Then, on three break points literally wasted by Keys in the eighth game. A forehand down the hall sealed the game on the third match point. Already victorious at Eastbourne, on grass, in June, the 28th in the world will seek to win a second title in three months.