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Elena Rybakina saved three match points before losing 6-2, 6-4 to Madison Keys in the WTA Cincinnati Masters quarterfinals on Friday.
The Kazakh, who beat the odds to win the All England Club trophy last month, exited the pre-US Open event in 92 minutes, losing to the American titleholder from 2019.
The pair struggled through a 21-point, 12-minute first game before Keys turned on her jets and won the second in seconds.
Keys also came back from a break down in the second set to win.
Rybakina, who has a 4-3 record since Wimbledon, has been broken five times and has only 11 winners. Keys hit 21 winners and made 16 unforced errors.
“Elena is a surprising player who can turn a match around.” “Any round could occur out of the blue,” unseeded Keys said. “I should have been in the number one spot.
“It seemed like I wanted 12 match focuses to win, so I’m thrilled.” If you back down from her, Rybakina, the Wimbledon champion she will run you over.
“It’s never good when she’s in command, so I had to seize any ball I could.”
Keys, who defeated world number one Iga Swiatek on Thursday, Rybakina, the Wimbledon champion will face the winner of the match between Czech Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, and Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic.