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Muguruza beats Pliskova, advances to Cincinnati final

Muguruza beats Pliskova, advances to Cincinnati final

"To all the victims, the families, friends - all my support".

Pliskova saved two break points and held in the final game of the first set but Giorgi hit a backhand victor on the only break point of the second set to force a third, which the Czech dominated to advance.

Back to defend her crown, Pliskova was a comprehensive 6-2 6-3 victor. That didn't change as Halep dominated the match, finishing by winning 84 percent of second-serve return points. He closed it out with a 136 miles per hour ace, one of his 25 in the match.

"The difference was he was a lot more decisive at the big moments", Isner said.

Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza bowed out after losing their quarterfinal and semifinal with respective partners in the men's and women's doubles. The match went 2 hours, 45 minutes - her longest of the tournament.

"I was very surprised, you know, because you always hear what happened in Paris and in London, and you're, like, s--", Muguruza said. "He's too good a player for me to beat him at this stage". "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". But Halep has lost two prior matches this year with a chance to ascend to number one, falling to Jelena Ostapenko in the French Open final and to Konta in a Wimbledon quarter-final after having won the first set in both matches.

It was 19-year-old Tiafoe's first win over a top-10 player and he bounded around the court in joy, thumping his chest to a standing ovation after Zverev floated a backhand long on match point with his third unforced error of the last game. "I have been dead for the past two days". She beat Ekaterina Makarova in three sets, and then ate lunch, took a nap, woke up and knocked off Julia Goerges in straight sets.

Stephens is playing in only her fourth event since returning from a foot injury that required surgery in January. "I'm ready to get dinner and get to bed because I'm so exhausted". "I did pretty well in the tie-breaker", said Halep, whose 4-2 record against Stephens includes a twin two weeks ago at Washington. "I could hit the ball".

"If I'm happy and especially if I'm healthy, I keep going because I love this sport. And I think going into the U.S. Open, I feel the best I have ever felt maybe going into a slam". "Just to be back to that position makes me happy and of course is going to be an emotional moment for me".


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