Keys Clips Kvitova In A Thriller To Reach Beijing SFs, Konta Awaits
by Staff | October 7th, 2016, 1:00 pm

Madison Keys clipped Petra Kvitova in a thriller 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(5) to reach the semifinals in Beijing. Keys actually led the Czech 3-0 in the third set then hung on to take the breaker in the final set.

“I think I played a pretty solid first set today, then she raised her level,” Keys said. “I just think at the end it became a couple of points here or there. I think I got my serve back on track a little bit.

“She made it really tough today. I’m just really happy that at the end I was able to get my serve back on track and get myself ahead in the tiebreaker.”

Kvitova had won her last eight matches including the Wuhan title on Sunday beating Dominika Cibulkova.

Keys will meet Johanna Konta in the semifinals on Saturday. Konta went down 4-0 to Zhang Shuai before winning 12 straight games to pace the 6-4, 6-0 victory.

“I promise you, I guess the final outcome of the score wasn’t I think a great reflection of the match itself,” Konta said. “I think we played a good quality, high-level match. Even in that third set, yeah, I thought we played some pretty great tennis. There wasn’t much in it for the scoreline to be different.

“So, yeah, no, I think overall it was pretty good.”

Elina Svitolina also advanced beating Daria Gavrilova 7-6(3), 6-1. She’ll take on Agnieszka Radwanska.

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7 Comments for Keys Clips Kvitova In A Thriller To Reach Beijing SFs, Konta Awaits

jalep Says:

Nice win for Konta over Zhang.

Odds are close for Keys v Konta SF.
And there’s a lot at stake – the match should be a cracker.

Radwanska v Svitolina SF. Advantage Aga in experience. However an upset wouldn’t surprise me. Both have played a lot of tennis. Radwanska’s already qualified for Singapore. I’d almost go with Svitolina for the upset if the match goes three sets. Depends a lot on Aga’s right shoulder. Aga and Elina have both had impressive wins and haven’t dropped a set in Beijing.

Konta vs Zhang 61 62 in 1 hour, 14 minutes.

Liked Konta’s energy v Zhang in the QF — and after a tough three set win over Karolina Pliskova in R16, too.

Konta’s got this, I think.

Margot Says:

jalep, you were right about Petra being gassed. Saw a bit of the Konta match and was baffled at how Konta made such short work of Zhang in the end, after her victory over Halep, whom I’d rate as a much better player than Konta. However, altho Konta isn’t such a fluid mover as Halep I guess she hits the ball a lot harder. I wonder if that made a difference.

Margot Says:

Jo Jo got her mojo! Go Jo!

jalep Says:

Konta vs Keys Highlights:

Konta is the fittest of the bunch right now – I think, Margot. She’s looks better and better. Aga quick frankly is winning on fumes and experience. Really hope Jo can make the Singapore Final – he game is needed there ;)

Compare Aga and Elina Highlights:

Aga is looking for her 2nd Beijing tile – and I wish her good luck, as I love Aga. But I give Jo the edge. Go Jo!

jalep Says:

quite frankly, I meant, Shirley.

jalep Says:

So many typos…not enough apologies.

Willow Says:

^Reminds me of a sketch in film Airplane, when the pilot says surely you cant be serious?,and Leslie Neilson says i am and dont call me Shirley ! lol ….^

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