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Muguruza downs No. 1 Pliskova, Dimitrov reaches final

Muguruza downs No. 1 Pliskova, Dimitrov reaches final

Halep would overtake Pliskova and claim the world number one ranking for the first time by winning the crown at the last major US Open tuneup.

Stephens in the semis will face No. 2 Simona Halep, who turned back No. 7 Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-6 (1). I felt great on court.

For Muguruza it was a rare win against an opponent who had the measure of her in their previous meetings, trailing 1-6.

"For sure, it helped me all these tough matches where I thought I was in the locker room with Madison Keys", Muguruza said. So I feel the rhythm. " When asked if she felt like she was in the "zone", she simply replied, "yeah".

Romanian tennis ace Simona Halep has moved to within a victory of claiming the world No.1 ranking. "Performance like today, I'm seeing progress". "I was hoping to get it and my concentration was really good". That's why maybe I can play.

Halep, who won her 15th career title at Madrid in May, has not dropped a set this week.

Last week and into this week, Halep was complaining that she could not properly feel the ball. I think in the end of the match, it was just a few points that made the biggest difference for me.

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"I lost to her so many times, I figured out something was going wrong", Muguruza said. So I have been, and I think I won some points.

No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed left in a men's field depleted by upsets and injuries - Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic missed the tournament because of injuries. It was a bad match for me.

Halep crushes a backhand. "I'm going to go out there and compete and whatever happens happens". "Just keep going and sorry for everything". I know that [Garbine Muguruza] has a lot of confidence coming with title from Wimbledon, so she's favorite, in my opinion.

Sixth-ranked Spaniard Muguruza ousted Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in a matchup of two-time Grand Slam winners that lasted two hours, 45 minutes.

So what is the plan for Muguruza? She stays close to the baseline, and she hits everything. It's going to hold me back. I'll try everything tomorrow. I'm just happy obviously with the win, but I'm just happy with the way I kept myself together throughout the whole match.

All the members needed to say was "five points" to turn Halep's joyous, beaming smile into a sly, focused grin and for a little spark to appear in her suddenly super-focused eyes.

The sixth-ranked Spaniard reached her first United States event final by flipping the script in a rematch of their 2016 Cincinnati semi-final. "So no pressure about being world number one".


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