Muguruza topples No. 1 Pliskova in semis at Cincinnati

Muguruza topples No. 1 Pliskova in semis at Cincinnati

Muguruza defeated Halep 6-1, 6-0 in the match organized on Sunday, August 20. "I'm like, 'Oh, I wish I was in her situation.' It must be hard, but I wanted the title, as well", the Spaniard confessed.

To have been within a whisker of the World No. 1 spot before walking out on court, only to be battered off the court, Halep remained poised and indeed at times brutally honest about what happened out there. "I think she was just too good today".

Muguruza was coming off playing the tournament's longest match, a 2 hour 45 minute three-set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova on Friday. While this tournament hasn't been flawless for Muguruza, she's finding ways to win, and a lot of it has to do with her success on the return. Halep would start to show signs of turning things around in the next game as she pushed Muguruza to deuce for the first time in the match, but the Spaniard still held.

The match was expected to be a grinder's battle as two of the most consistent baseliners on the tour took to the court with the title on the line. "I'm happy to have the confidence".

"I've been there so many times".

"I was thinking about [Halep reaching No.1]".

However, Cibulkova refused to submit and had three break points for a 4-2 lead as a gripping set unfolded. "I had some chances in the second set", Pliskova said. "I really want that", she added.

After the no. 1 global, Karolina Pliskova, submerged the day before in the semi-finals (6-3, 6-2), its dauphine in the WTA rankings has not been able to do anything in the face of Muguruza.

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This is the 23-year-old Spaniard's third victory against Halep in their four confrontations as pros, and with the win she prevented the Romanian from becoming the new world No. 1 female.

"She's hitting the ball strong, but I had already two matches, so I know how the ball is gonna come". "Maybe I just played bad".

"I'm feeling good. I'm pretty excited for the US Open".

Not since Guillermo Canas beat Andy Roddick in 2002 at Toronto had two first-time ATP Masters finalists met for a Masters crown.

Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov continued to perform at his menacing best as he trounced Australian player Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to lift his maiden 2017 Western and Southern Open trophy in Cincinnati here on Monday.

"Patience. That's what it is", Dimitrov said.

"I think she played very solid today, not missing much and obviously serving well". "So I hope to keep it going".

This finish is nearly historical: for the first time since November 2012 (Paris-Bercy), in a tournament, Masters 1000, no player of the "Big Four" (Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic) did.

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