Women’s Final: Petra Kvitova vs. Caroline Garcia
Petra Kvitova sealed the deal for her 12th WTA 1000 Finals appearance today, beating Madison Keys in three straight sets: 7(8)-6(6), 6-4, 6-3.
It is expected that she will rise in the rankings after the end of this tournament. The WTA predicts she’ll be 24th after that semi-final win, and if she gets her hands on the title, she could land as high as 15th. The runner-up would put her in 20th place.
In terms of active players, Kvitova is the 5th most appearance in the semifinals with Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber with a total of 63 and a record of 39-23. She had some standout moments this week in Cincinnati, including saving a match point, leading 28 aces and winning 84.8% of her service games.
Kvitova meets Caroline Garcia in the Women’s Championship singles match on Center Court tomorrow at 14:00
Garcia defeated No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka in three sets after a long rain delay: 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
Garcia was the first qualifier to reach the semifinals since 2007, and she is now the first qualifier to reach the finals in WTA 1000 history. The WTA predicts she will be ranked 28th after winning the semifinals and she could end up back in the top 20 if she lifts the trophy. The runner-up would put her in 22nd place.
She has led the Tour since June with 25 peloton wins, including two title wins at this route in Warsaw and Bad Homburg. She also leads the tour with 267 aces and has improved from 78.1% to 93.5% in her service games since the start of the Western & Southern Open on August 13.
Men’s final: Borna Coric against No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas
Borna Coric also sealed the deal for his second ATP 1000 Finals appearance today, beating No. 9 Cameron Norrie in straight sets: 6-3, 6-4.
Coric has plowed through the rankings since landing in Cincinnati, jumping 86 spots to No. 66 on the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings. He’s predicted to finish runner-up at No. 48 and No. 29 with the title — that’s 124 places in eight days, he started at No. 152. He came in as the second-lowest semifinalist from Cincinnati since Pepperstone started in 1973 and finished today’s win makes him the lowest-ranked finalist in Cincinnati tournament history.
The last time Coric won an ATP Masters title was in Shanghai in 2018. The last 14 tournaments in 2021-22 have seen six first-time ATP Masters 1000 champions. Coric could join the list as No. 7 if he gets his hands on the title — the last first-time champion in Cincinnati to make it to the finals was current No. 1 Daniil Medvedev.
Coric will face No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in the men’s singles of the Championship on Center Court
Tsitsipas defeated Medvedev in three sets and a tiebreak, after the same long rain delay: 7(8) – 6(6), 3-6, 6-3. He leads the ATP Tour with 46 wins and wants the 47th against tomorrow Coming in Coric, and he’s also 2-10 against the world No. 1 after beating Novak Djokovic in Shanghai 2019 and now Medvedev in Cincinnati.
On Saturday he was in the Cincinnati semifinals for the second year in a row. He has played a total of 12 semi-final games in his career, four of them this year alone. He became a first-time ATP Masters 1000 champion in Monte-Carlo in 2021 and on Sunday he will make his first appearance in the Cincinnati Finals and sixth overall.