Wimbledon champ Muguruza beats Halep for Cincy title

Simona Halep could become the new world No 1 with victory in Cincinnati

GarbiƱe Muguruza won her first title in USA soil after demolishing Simona Halep for the loss of just one game at the Western and Southern Open.

However, Halep coasted through the second semi-final with a 6-2 6-1 win over American Sloane Stephens in just 56 minutes.

Spanish and Wimbledon champion, Garbine Muguruza beat Romanian Simona Halep at the Cincinnati Women's final to win the Masters 1000 title.

Halep apologized to spectators after the match, thanking them for support "even if I played so bad and Muguruza played so well".

"I'm not playing my best tennis in this moment but I'm still winning", Halep said.

'The tough matches never go my way, so I want to change that, ' she said.

"I think she played very solid, not missing much and obviously serving well".

Halep, who also squandered a chance to climb to the top of the world rankings when she was beaten in the French Open final in June, acknowledged she had performed poorly. "I mean, I know it's nerve-wracking from outside, but it's even tougher when you're in there and have to receive a serve that comes 141 miles per hour". I didn't play that badly. "I had some chances in the second set", Pliskova said. The latter player amassed 11 winners, won 91 percent of her second serve points and converted five break points to move on. I battled back and I'm glad things went my way."Muguruza has a last-eight date with eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova". Kyrgios, 22, jumped ahead 4-1 in each tie-breaker, closing out the first set with a forehand victor and the last when Ferrer hit a backhand long.

"The match with Keys gave me a lot of confidence", Muguruza told ESPN.

The difference in stature between Muguruza on the way into the French Open, and in the aftermath of a bruising loss in the fourth round of her title defence, compared to her now after her second Slam title in two years is vast - like a switch has come on and has lit her path in the brightest of light. However, as it had all match, the forehand let her down as the Romanian sent it into the net. I think in the end of the match, it was just a few points that made the biggest difference for me. It was 6-1 6-0 and Muguuza has just announced herself as a genuine contender for the summit especially at US Open. I was, like, well, I'm just going to cover the T. If he serves there, good for me. "I was hoping to get it and my concentration was really good".

Bulgaria's Dimitrov dispatched 19th-ranked American John Isner 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (12/10) to reach his first ATP Masters final, taking a dramatic final tie-breaker on his fourth match point.

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