Madison Keys is edging closer to Singapore. The 21 year old has continued to rise up the rankings and it would be virtually impossible for her not to qualify for the end of season championships following her impressive win against the in-form Petra Kvitova whose game lacked that ruthless intensity today but nothing stopped the American picking up her 200th career win.
Conviction behind the Kick!
Kvitova had been serving so well in the last few weeks and one her strengths is that lefty kick slice serve out-wide from the two time Wimbledon champion but if anything it hindered her today.
This is the first instance in where it stood out like a sore thumb. Down a break point at 3-4 and it’s good choice on first serve but you can see how long it is and Key’s either way is anticipating this just look at the backhand position she is lining up.
After a fault against Key’s it’s difficult then on second serve to trouble her, best bet is a body serve but it’s risky. I was surprised next to see on second serve Kvitova go for this again, she took so much pace off it but instead of going long went wide and Keys broke and went on to take the set!
When you think of Madison’s game you think of that raw power she gets off the forehand but the backhand this morning was exceptional, ruthless. There were times during the match when you did think she could move her feet better but from a simple standing position to produce some explosive winners was great but it moved Kvitova about and opened up that forehand.
The backhand from Keys the shot before was so sharp and powerful it pushed Kvitova off the court and you can see Keys ready to take that open court with that swinging forehand crosscourt.
After losing the second set I did think this could end up being a long afternoon for Keys especially being a break up twice including serving for the match but fair play to her she held her own edged it late on to win 7-5 in the final set tie-breaker and advance to the semi-finals!
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