Cincinnati 2017: Simona Halep's hopes for No1 dashed by impressive Muguruza


Cincinnati 2017: Simona Halep's hopes for No1 dashed by impressive Muguruza

Pliskova, fighting to hold off Romania's Simona Halep atop the rankings, first ousted Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in a rain-postponed match.

Muguruza needed only 56 minutes to grab her second title so far this year, after coming out on top in Wimbledon, reports Efe.

Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza fine-tuned her preparations for this month's U.S. Open by crushing Simona Halep 6-1 6-0 in the Cincinnati Open final on Sunday.

"These games to issues enable me to produce my best tennis", she admitted. Finishing at a complete canter, Muguruza broke one more time before serving out to love to win her first Cincinnati title, and to put herself squarely in contention as one of the favourites for this year's US Open. The match went 2 hours, 45 minutes - her longest of the tournament.

"I actually didn't think I played that badly", Stephens said. Once more, Halep has played with the world No. 1 seat waiting for her, but the Spaniard seems ready to start her own bid for the highest spot in the ranking.

"You never know what can happen against him, but I knew what I had to do, and I seized my chance", he explained. "I had some chances in the second set", Pliskova said. "It's a big thing, and I'm really happy about it". "My friends who were watching were laughing so they liked it I guess".

The second seed, Halep, who had reached the semifinals of this hard-court tennis event for the third straight year, showed her superiority from the baseline by completely dominating the second-serve points, reports Efe. And, yeah, I think after that, that break in the second set was - it was a tough game.

"The match with Keys gave me a lot of confidence", Muguruza told ESPN. "I think she was just too good today".

Australia's 23rd-ranked Nick Kyrgios and Bulgaria's 11th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the men's final, where Sunday's victor will claim his first ATP Masters crown. However, as it had all match, the forehand let her down as the Romanian sent it into the net.

However, Cibulkova refused to submit and had three break points for a 4-2 lead as a gripping set unfolded. The US Open takes place between 28 August to 10 September. Dimitrov said his shoulder felt heavy as he sensed the moment and served out the match.

Muguruza later admitted: "I feel a little bit bad".

Dimitrov did not miss his chance: he who has always been touted as a potential future no. 1 in the world, before wandering off, took advantage of the absence of most of the heavyweights of the circuit to win the seventh title of his career, by far the most important.