Muguruza downs No. 1 Pliskova to reach Cincinnati final

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The odds were stacked against Muguruza on paper in the match, as Pliskova was looking to become just the second player to defend her title in Cincinnati this week, and the Spaniard had won just one out of the previous seven meetings against the top seed.

In other games, Danish Caroline Wozniacki eased past Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter finals where she could meet current world number one Karolina Pliskova.

She's very strong. I said that if I feel my legs, I'm stronger, so I have just to be there and to push her back and to hit the balls. I just feel good. "Everything went my way".

In the final game, Pliskova saved four match before sending a forehand wide to surrender the break and the match after 79 minutes. Pliskova had 28 unforced errors to Muguruza's 13.

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Sixth-ranked Spaniard Muguruza, wearing a black ribbon on her visor, ousted Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in a matchup of two-time Grand Slam winners. That followed a 2-hour, 18-minute win over Madison Keys on Thursday, when she fought off three match points.

"I don't think I played my best tennis today", Pliskova said. Obviously, a tough schedule for me the last two days - three matches in about not even 24 hours.

"It was one of the best matches of the year", Muguruza said. Pliskova was up 3-0 in the first set when rain moved in Thursday night, forcing her to sit for hours and wait.

Wimbledon champion Muguruza set the tone in her clash after breaking the Czech in the very first game.

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Pliskova was denied on three break points in the second set's opening game, the only ones she faced in the match, and Muguruza broke to 4-2 with another backhand victor.

All Offers and Promotions posted in this article excludes NSW residents. "So if it's gonna be just to win a match and to get there, it's going to be more special and nicer for me".

"I actually didn't think I played that badly", Stephens said.

Dimitrov, who matched his best Grand Slam showing by reaching this year´s Australian Open semi-finals, seeks his third title of the season and sixth of his career Sunday against the victor of a later semi-final between Australia´s Nick Kyrgios and Spain´s David Ferrer. "I recover well, so definitely I will be ready for tomorrow". The Bulgarian will play the victor of the semifinal between Nick Kyrgios, who knocked out second-ranked Rafael Nadal in straight sets in a Friday quarterfinal, and David Ferrer. "I'm really happy about it". I thought he played a high-level match.

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