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Muguruza to meet Halep in Cincinnati final

Muguruza to meet Halep in Cincinnati final

No. 4 Garbine Muguruza brushed aside No. 2 Simona Halep 6-2, 6-1 to win her first Western & Southern Open title, her second title of the season. According to Courtney Nguyen of the WTA's official website, Sunday was the third time the Romanian could have become the world's top player with a single victory, but she previously lost to Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros and Johanna Konta at Wimbledon.

"The American swing was never going my way", Muguruza said. “Finally, this year, I improved that.”. "It's completely different. I'm just trying to play well".

But Muguruza declined to build up her chances for the U.S. Open.

She took command immediately by breaking Pliskova's serve in the marathon opening game.

She said after the game; "I played so badly and she played so well". "I'm pretty confident after that win. That's why I got down in my confidence". "I played well enough to beat a lot of players today - just not him". "I really want that". "I was looking to play my game, to be aggressive since the first moment". "What can I do?"

Garbine Muguruza had the odds stacked against her in her semi-final as she faced World No.1 Karolina Pliskova.

"I was struggling a couple of weeks ago and Grigor got me out on the practice court", Kyrgios said after warmly hugging his conqueror at the net. "Maybe one day I will be there". "So no pressure about being world number one".

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The Spaniard excels on big stages; she won Wimbledon in July and the French Open in 2016.

"It was a very long time that I don't play with Halep, but she's playing very good". I'm just happy obviously with the win, but I'm just happy with the way I kept myself together throughout the whole match.

The Czech Republic's Carolina Pliskova, whom Muguruza also beat 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals round of Premier 5, retains the No. 1 slot.

The second set was even more dramatic for the Romanian as the 2015 runner-up went on losing one point after another. "I just felt like doing it".

Dimitrov broke on his first opportunity of the second set, with Kyrgios serving at 5-5, before serving out the set and match in the next game.

"Before the match I talked to my brother by SMS, asking, 'Is it true that I am five points away if I win the match?' He said, 'Yes.' I said, It's unbelievable". Halep has won nine of her last 11 matches on hard court. I know that if I keep this level, it's gonna come. "I have a much bigger tournament coming up", Halep said. "I have just to respond fast and strong with my legs, move well, and just to push her back", Halep said.

After a disappointing first half of the year, Muguruza now leads the year-to-date standings and will be seeded third in NY.