Muguruza thumps Halep in Cincinnati final

Posted August 22, 2017

Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov will meet in the Cincinnati Open men's final while Garbine Muguruza will face Simona Halep in the women's final.

Pliskova, who holds the world No. 1 ranking and won this event past year, was the favorite because she held a 6-1 head-to-head record against the Spanish player coming into Saturday's encounter.

Spain's Muguruza eased past top seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-2, while Halep beat Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-1.

"Honestly, I was thinking in her situation, it must be hard", Muguruza said.

Meanwhile, for the third time this season, World No 2 Simona Halep will play a match for the No.1 ranking.

The champion of Roland Garros in 2016 and Wimbledon earlier this year put on a ideal tennis clinic on Sunday afternoon to take the lead in the rankings for the first time this year in the march to the WTA finals in Singapore. I'm like, Oh, I wish I was in her situation.

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The second set was even more dramatic for the Romanian as the 2015 runner-up went on losing one point after another. "Maybe I just played bad".

"The difference was he was a lot more decisive at the big moments", Isner said. In New York, she had no luck or luster so far as she is yet to get past the round of 64.

Muguruza played and won her first final in the USA and becomes the first Spanish women to claim the title at the Midwest venue.

He took the first set in 25 minutes, dropping only three points on his serve, then broke Nadal in the fifth game of the second set. "I know I won, but I'm sure she feels like it was a great match as well, because it was a tough battle and very hot out there". "Especially in the second set I felt I could raise it a little bit more and close the match".

"I was very surprised because you always hear what happened in Paris and in London, and you're, like, 'Shit.' But now, I've been so many times to this place, it's like my home".

Stephens was the first wild card to reach the final four since Venus Williams did in 2012, but she hit a wall against the unflinching Halep. "If I don't play well I can't win against a player like Nick".

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On Wednesday, Latvia's second-best ranked lady tennis player Anastasija Sevastova defeated Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the Cincinnati Premier series tennis tournament, cites LETA.

The Spaniard came through 6-3 6-2, having set the tone after breaking the Czech in the very first game.

"In the tie-breaks I served well, but I definitely didn't bring my best tennis. I have just to respond fast and strong with my legs, move well, and just to push her back", Halep said.

"I think today was my best performance of the tournament, because I felt like I played 20 hours in that court, you know".

"Where I was three weeks ago, it wasn't good at all, and now I'm in a Masters final", Kyrgios said.

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