Madison Keys vs Petra Kvitova Odds & Prediction

Madison Keys vs Petra Kvitova Odds & Prediction

Madison Keys (top) shakes hands with Petra Kvitova (bottom).

Aug 16, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Madison Keys (top) shakes hands with Petra Kvitova (bottom) after their match during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova, both unseeded, have reached the Western & Southern Open semifinals
It’s the second Cincy semi for Keys, the 2018 champion, and the third for Kvitova
The odds are basically dead even; we break down the matchup and suggest best bet value

The fast courts and light tennis balls that have been the bane of many of the players in Cincinnati are just fine by Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova.

Both unseeded, the two have reached the Western & Southern Open semifinals, and will face each other for the ninth time in their careers.

Keys vs Kvitova Odds

Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
Madison Keys (USA)
+1.5 (-148)
-117
O 21.5 (-120)
Petra Kvitova (CZE)
-1.5 (+120)
-103
U 21.5 (-103)

Odds as of Aug. 19 at Barstool Sportsbook. Use this Barstool Sportsbook promo code to bet on the Western & Southern Open

Both have made impressive runs through the draw, although Kvitova had to save match points in her opening match against Jil Teichmann before getting on that roll.

Keys Steamrolls Wimbledon Champion

As good as Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina had looked in her earlier rounds, she was but a shadow of her earlier self when she matched up with Keys Thursday in the quarterfinals.

That huge first serve hit the mark just 41.5% of the time.

And Rybakina won less than a third of her second-serve points.

Keys created 13 break-point opportunities, and converted five of them. It was a shocking mismatch.

The American also was on fire, perhaps partly due to the lack of pushback she was getting.

 

Keys vs Kvitova Head-to-Head

27 *(Feb. 17, 1995)
Age
32 (March 8, 1990)
Rock Island, Ill.
Birthplace
Bilovec, Czech Republic
5-10
Height
6-0
6
Career WTA Singles Titles
29
Oct. 10, 2016)

No. 2 (Oct. 31, 2011)
No. 24
Current Ranking
No. 28
$14,580,797
Career Prize Money
$34,206,006
24-13
2022 Won/Loss Record
21-15
0
Head-to-Head Wins
0

A Long, Even Head-to-Head

Keys, 27 and Kvitova, 32, have been at this tennis gig for a while.

Their first-ever meeting took place in Tokyo in 2013, when Keys was just 18.

They’ve gone back and forth over the years with half their matches going the distance, and all but that first one pretty competitive. Only one took place on clay, and Keys won it.

And they have, most often, worn the same outfit (although that won’t happen Saturday).

“I wish every tournament could be here” ?

Unconditional love from @Madison_Keys for @CincyTennis ❤️#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/3xIpSqS797

— wta (@WTA) August 19, 2022

The two met in Cincinnati exactly a year ago, but in the first round.

Kvitova was ranked No. 11 and seeded the same; Keys was at No. 42 back then. It was part of a mediocre 1-5 swing through the North American hard courts in the summer and fall for the American.

She’s playing much better right now.

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Keys vs Kvitova Match History

Year
Tournament
Surface
Score
Winner
2021
Cincinnati Masters (R64)
Outdoor Hard
7-5, 6-4
Kvitova
2020
Brisbane (SF)
Outdoor Hard
3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Keys
2016
Beijing (SF)
Outdoor Hard
6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5)
Keys
2016
Olympics
Outdoor Hard
7-5, 2-6, 6-2
Kvitova
2016
Rome (R32)
Outdoor Clay
6-3, 6-4
Keys
2015
New Haven
Outdoor Hard
4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Kvitova
2015
Australian Open R32)
Outdoor Hard
6-4, 7-5
Keys
2013
Tokyo (R16)
Outdoor Hard
6-2, 6-2
Kvitova

Keys vs Kvitova Pick

Kvitova’s quarterfinal win over qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic went more according to form, with the Aussie already putting five matches behind her this week and sort of at the end of her capacity.

The Czech knows that serve will be a big part of her showdown with Keys.

And she knows who she (thinks) has more weapons with that stroke.

Kvitova on Keys: “She has a lot of variety of the serve. She can go for ace, she can have a kick, she has beautiful technique of the serve. Definitely she has more kind of this stuff. Not like me, I don’t have nothing, I’m just boom-boom (smiling).

“So we will see (smiling).” pic.twitter.com/2nbUG4FDsc

— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) August 19, 2022

 

If both these players, who by the nature of their game styles can be streaky, are on, the firepower on the stadium court Friday should be deafening.

It will be a matter of who is defending best — when they have no choice but to do that — who is returning better and who is hitting the lines more often.

It is an extremely difficult match to call a winner on, as evidenced by the nearly-even odds.

And even if it feels as though it should go the distance, as half their previous eight tussles have, it is more likely to be one-sided as one of the two has an outstanding day and the other can’t keep up. And starts to make errors.

That’s why we think it won’t go three sets. That might be counterintuitive, but it feels more likely than both having a great day, on the same day.

But we do think there will be at least one tiebreak (+230)

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Sets (-165)

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Stephanie gets the straight dope from the tennis insiders. On court, she has represented her country internationally. A BA in journalism led to years on the MLB beat and a decade covering tennis globally. She’s written for Postmedia, the Guardian, the New York Times and also publishes OpenCourt.ca.

MLB
NHL
Tennis

Stephanie gets the straight dope from the tennis insiders. On court, she has represented her country internationally. A BA in journalism led to years on the MLB beat and a decade covering tennis globally. She’s written for Postmedia, the Guardian, the New York Times and also publishes OpenCourt.ca.

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