Tennis: Former Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova is through to the semi finals of the Brisbane International after beating Jen Brady in straight sets on Friday afternoon.
Madison Keys' touching note from a fanSource:Twitter
American tennis star Madison Keys received an adorable postcard from a fan after her Brisbane International semi final victory over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
Down a set and a break, Keys won nine of 10 games on Saturday afternoon in a remarkable mid-match recovery against the tournament’s 2011 champion on her way to a 3-6 6-2 6-3 triumph.
After the match, Keys was given a cluster of notes from fans, and one particular postcard caught the American’s attention.
A young lad named Ethan Connelly wrote her an adorable message, which Keys classified as “the sweetest” one she read.
“Dear Madison, I didn’t see you play today, and I don’t know how you went, but you’re still my favourite female tennis player and you’re my hero,” Ethan wrote.
“You’re super entertaining and your backhand is to die for. Good luck at the Australian Open! You’ve got this!”
The world No. 13 and tournament’s eighth seed couldn’t rely on her huge serve as Kvitova, ranked five spots ahead, climbed into it in the early exchanges on a closed Pat Rafter Arena. It moved the left-handed sixth seed within striking distance of an easy kill.
But a chat to coach Juan Todero helped to swing the momentum as Keys, an Australian Open semi-finalist five years ago, assumed control.
Keys, who had beaten Samantha Stosur in the second round and not dropped a set in her three previous matches, surged from 0-2 down to level proceedings.
Kvitova found another gear, breaking twice in a see-sawing final set. But Keys unloaded from the baseline and forced Kvitova to miss a low volley to land the crucial break before she came from 0-30 to serve out the match in exactly two hours.
Madison Keys of the United States reacts after winning her semi-final match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech RepublicSource:AP
Keys will play Naomi Osaka or defending champion Karolina Pliskova — the world No. 4 and 2 respectively — in Sunday afternoon’s final.