Madison Keys vs. Sofia Kenin - 8/17/19 Cincinnati Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Madison Keys vs. Sofia Kenin - 8/17/19 Cincinnati Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Madison Keys vs. Sofia Kenin

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM (Lindner Family Tennis Center)

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Madison Keys and Sofia Kenin meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.

Madison Keys is coming off a straight sets win over Venus Williams that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Keys won 78 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Keys won 68 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her eight break points. Keys got 63 percent of her first serves in play, saved both of her break points and hit five aces. Keys continues to hit the ball with great pace and is keeping her unforced error at a reasonable total, which has always equaled success for the American. Keys looks to make her second final appearance of the year and the ninth of her career. Keys looks to make her third career final appearance in a Premier 5 Tournament. Keys has won four of her last six matches on hard court.

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Sofia Kenin is coming off a three sets win over Naomi Osaka that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Kenin won 76 percent of her first serve points and 39 percent of her second serve points. Kenin won 62 percent of her total service points and converted on two of her seven break points. Kenin got 62 percent of her first serves in play, saved eight of her 10 break points and hit two aces. Kenin had her ups and downs in the victory, but she was playing better in the third set before Osaka retired after two games. Kenin looks to make her fourth career final appearance, all of which have taken place this year. Kenin has never made a final appearance in a Premier 5 Tournament. Kenin has won eight of her last nine matches on hard court.

These two have played once, which was a match this year in Rome, a meeting Kenin won in three sets. The match took 32 games to be decided.

Kenin has been a giant killer all year and it didn’t change against Osaka. She seems to thrive in big matches against quality competition, and this is another chance. However, Keys is hitting the ball at a very high level right now and she’s almost unbeatable when playing this way. As long as Keys limits her unforced errors and plays with controlled power, she can hit through anybody on hard court and take the racket out of their hands.

A must-watch match between two talented Americans, but Keys wins this match as long as she plays the way she has all week.

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