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Pliskova wins twice to reach semi-final

Pliskova wins twice to reach semi-final

That upped the ante for Muguruza, too.

The Romanian took advantage of a wayward Stephens to progress comfortably to the Cincinnati final where she will face Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza. "So finally, this year, you know, I improved that".

"It sounds wonderful, what can I say?" She was three games away from winning her first major title at Roland Garros, which would have also moved her to No.1, but lost in three-sets to Jelena Ostapenko. Pliskova had 28 unforced errors to Muguruza's 13. "Because is a tournament I want to play, a kind of scenario I like, everything that I like is there", she said. I thought he served pretty well. "I had some chances in the second set", Pliskova said.

From there, Halep strolled through, breaking Stephens twice more in quick succession to seal an impressive victory 6-2, 6-1. "I could hit the ball".

"I feel great where I'm at right now".

"I had a tough run", Halep said. That's why maybe I can play. External things were affecting how I was feeling.

Halep went up a double-break early in both sets and was never seriously challenged by the American, who was playing in her fourth tournament since returning from foot surgery and an 11-month layoff from the sport. Halep drove a forehand wide to end the agony on a first Muguruza match point. It was a complete display of tennis from her side with all the parts working together in a smooth manner.

Dominic Thiem of Austria takes questions from the media during the Cincinnati Open tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason Ohio

Muguruza: For sure, there is not final or trophy if you don't dig in those first rounds.

Nadal, the soon-to-be No. 1 ranked player in the world, survived a tough first set before easily dispatching Ramos-Vinolas in the second set. "Everything started, I think, in the first game of the first set".

Garbine Muguruza holds the Rookwood Cup after defeating Simona Halep in the final of the Cincinnati Masters.

Pliskova, last year's US Open runner-up, had won six matches in a row over Muguruza since losing their first meeting at the 2013 French Open. In three tournaments since, the Spaniard has at least reached the quarterfinals. She brought a lot of momentum into this final title match. She's strong and, you know, she has a lot of matches.

Rafael Nadal described as "unbelievable" his climb back to the world number one spot for the first time in three years and confirmed in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.

Now, with the Premier 5 event of Cincinnati in her pocket, she has just consolidated her status for the upcoming #US Open Tennis Championships in #New York.

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