Madison Keys (USA) and Barbora Strycova (CZE) will face off in the Aegon Classic Birmingham final today after winning hard fought semi-finals at the WTA Premier tournament on Saturday.
Keys, seeded seventh, gave herself a shot at the famous Maud Watson Trophy with a gritty 36 63 76(3) last four over Carla Suarez Navarro in one of the best matches of the tournament so far.
“It’s really knowing that no matter what, I can figure out a way,” said Keys. “The last two matches have kind of shown that to me. I think you put that in your memory and use it for the next time and see what happens.”
Strycova is proving to be the marathon woman of the tournament. She earned her place in the both the singles and doubles finals (the latter with Karolina Pliskova) by playing a gruelling 16 sets in seven matches in both competitions.
“It was kind of like a test if my physical coach is good. Obviously, he’s very good,” Strycova said, smiling. “And I’m here now and I feel pretty okay, surprisingly.”
Strycova was runner-up at the Aegon Classic Birmingham in 2014 and says she feels at home at the Edgbaston Priory Club. “I like the people. I like the surroundings and the tournament. The organisation is very nice. So I feel nice here and I like to play here. And the courts are really good. They are really amazing.”
ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 1:30 pm
Singles Final – B. Strycova (CZE) vs  M. Keys (USA)
30 minutes after Trophy Presentation
Doubles Final – V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE)