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Madison Keys advances to semi-finals at Western & Southern Open

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Madison Keys won the Western & Southern Open for the second time in her career after beating Jelena Ryvakina 6-2, 6-4 in her quarterfinal match in Mason, Ohio on Friday. We are showing a powerful run towards.

Keys hit 21 winners and beat Kazakhstan's Wimbledon her champions only a day after top-seeded Poland's Iga defeated her Sphere Tech. did.

Keys will face Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the semifinals. Kvitova beat Australia's Ajra Tolujanovic in the quarterfinals, where she scored 6-2, 6-3.

Keys, who won her area event in Cincinnati in 2019, won her first four of the 91-minute match, setting the tone for her match against Ryvakina. I was.

In the second set, she lost her first two games and won her next five games to take her lead.

"She's a player to watch and I knew she could always come back, so I knew I had to keep out of the front because she could always keep rolling. said Keyes.

"I think that's kind of the key to her. If you back off even a little bit, she dictates and chases you."

Rybakina has just 11 winners. In person, committed 25 unforced her errors. The key had 16 misses.

Meanwhile, Kvitova recorded her 29 winners and held off Tomljanovic in the 73rd minute.

Her two-time Wimbledon champion won easily, though she had a 12-to-1 advantage at Ace.

Kvitova has previously reached the semi-finals of the event twice (2012 and 2018), but has been eliminated both times.

She played Keys in the first round last year and won 7-5, 6-4. The two have split their last eight matches, and Kvitova knows the stakes will be higher on Friday.

"I think this is much better to play in the semi-finals," said Kvitova. “I think she's really on fire. Unfortunately, I'm playing her, but we'll see tomorrow."

No. 6 seed Alina Sabalenka (Belarus) beat China's Shuai Zhang 6-4. We won 7-6 (1) and moved forward.

Sabalenka overcame her 12 double faults to clinch the victory in 1 hour and 49 minutes. She had Aces her seven, while Chan had Aces her three.

Sabalenka will face the winner of Friday night's quarterfinals between No. 7 seed Jessica Pegula and France's Caroline Garcia.

– Field Level Media