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No. 3 Angelique Kerber upset by Ekaterina Makarova

No. 3 Angelique Kerber upset by Ekaterina Makarova

Nadal, who won his 10th French Open title in June, was assured of moving into the top ranking on Monday for the first time since July 2014 when Roger Federer withdrew from Cincinnati with a back injury.

In the tiebreaker, Makarova let two more match points get away before thwarting a match point opportunity for Kerber.

The world number three continued fighting despite the huge deficit, eventually sending the match into a final set tie-break.

Defending champion Karolina Pliskova solidified her world number one ranking Friday by defeating fifth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and qualifier Camila Giorgi on Friday to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters semi-finals.

Both Nadal and Kyrgios had played earlier in the day, to complete Thursday's rained-off matches.

"That's never easy", she said. Serena Williams from 2014 and 2015 remains the only back-to-back Cincinnati women's victor.

An insurance break soon followed when a cracking forehand victor put Halep up 4-1, and she calmly served out the set 6-2 when Stephens put a backhand service return into the net.

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And the Spaniard, who missed seven months of action between 2012 and 2013 due to a left knee injury and then a stomach virus, said he completely understands how it feels to remain sidelined. "I'm very sorry for all of them and I wish all of them a fast and good recovery", he said.

The Czech star had to back up in consecutive games on Friday.

In the final game, Pliskova saved four match before sending a forehand wide to surrender the break and the match after 79 minutes. Not disappointing her fans, the German continued to excel in her service games to seal the second set with a dominant scoreline of 6-1. I could have easily pulled the plug in the second set, but I'm not going to retire just because I'm exhausted. So it really shocked me.

"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.

Makarova also called for a medical time-out at 5-4 up as she was visibly struggling a little with her movement, and the trainer stated the reason as "Muscle Tightness in Upper Leg" as the trainer mentioned to the Russian that she is unable to treat her for cramps. Nevertheless, the determined Russian immediately returned level as she kept herself in contention for the win.

Makarova led 5-2 in the third set and had her first two match points while serving at 5-3. "In important moments with the second serve, he played aggressive".


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