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Kvitova outlasts Keys in Cincinnati to reach 40th career

Petra Kvitova moved into the Western & Southern Open final for the first time in her career

Kvitova, who is 29-10 in finals, will aim for a milestone 30th career singles title on Sunday

28 Kvitova of the Czech Republic took 2 hours and 18 minutes to outlast American Keys, ranked 24th, in a

Fast facts: Kvitova and Keys came into their latest clash with a deadlocked 4-4 head-to-head

After barely dropping the first-set tiebreak, Kvitova rebounded to take another Cincinnati victory over Keys and edge

Kvitova was nearly ousted in the first round this week -- she had to save a match

Instead, Kvitova is into her 12th WTA 1000 final, and she is a win away from her ninth

Only Serena Williams (13), Victoria Azarenka (10) and Simona Halep (9) have won more WTA 1000 titles than Kvitova since the

Keys also beat reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals

Keys nearly pulled herself back on serve with a 0-40 lead on Kvitova’s serve at 4-3,

In the next game, Keys used a forehand winner and a stunning serve to erase the first

That one proved to be the charm after Keys sent a forehand wide to end the big-hitting

But Kvitova was more successful on break points, converting five of 12, while Keys went 2-for-8