Sevastova through to third round of Cincinnati WTA

John Isner of the US returns a shot to compatriot Tommy Paul during their Cincinnati Open second round match in Mason Ohio

John Isner of the US returns a shot to compatriot Tommy Paul during their Cincinnati Open second round match in Mason Ohio

"I was very precise with my shots", said Muguruza, who is 2-1 in her career against Halep, though the two haven't played since 2015. She also denied Halep yet another chance to ascend to No. 1 in the WTA rankings.

This is the third time in three months that the Romanian has been one win away from taking the top spot, only to lose.

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. Bulgaria's 11th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov plays American John Isner in Saturday's other semi-final. "I was looking to play my game, to be aggressive since the first moment". I'm just happy obviously with the win, but I'm just happy with the way I kept myself together throughout the whole match. It's very sad and I'm very, very sorry about what happened. It was 6-1 6-0 in less than an hour and Muguuza has just announced herself as a genuine contender for the summit especially at the US Open. "So finally, this year, you know, I improved that".

Muguruza won when Pliskova sailed a forehand long on the fifth match point.

She gained a second-set edge with a backhand victor on break point for a 4-2 lead before closing it out. 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.

Dominic Thiem of Austria takes questions from the media during the Cincinnati Open tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason Ohio
Sevastova through to third round of Cincinnati WTA

"It came down to a few points I could have done better than him, and I was just able to hold my nerves", Dimitrov said.

"Where I was three weeks ago-it wasn't good at all-and now I'm in a Masters final, " Kyrgios said.

"I know that she has a lot of confidence coming with title from Wimbledon, so she's favourite, in my opinion", Halep said. "I'm like, 'Oh, I wish I was in her situation.' It must be hard, but I wanted the title, as well", the Spaniard confessed.

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. A double Grand Slam champion, her tennis blends a certain level of fluidity with some raw power which gives her all the necessary leverages to be the best in her branch. "I know what to expect now", Dimitrov said. "I think I did few little mistakes and my shots were very, you know, placed, and I think I was doing nearly everything right there". "I'll try everything tomorrow".

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