Cincinnati Open: Kyrgios to face Dimitrov in thriller

Ross Houston
August 22, 2017

In the oppressive heat of Final Sunday in Cincinnati, Muguruza effectively squashed Simona Halep's hopes of gaining the World No. 1 spot with a controlled display of all round court craft.

Muguruza, who also won Wimbledon this year, came in as the four seed but proceeded to knock off number one Karolina Pliskova in the semifinals before taking care of Halep in the final.

Spaniard Muguruza, who had failed to capture a title for more than a year following her triumph at last year's French Open, was now celebrating winning two trophies in as many months as she backed up her Wimbledon victory with her glorious run in Cincinnati.

Pliskova, last year's US Open runner-up, had won six matches in a row over Muguruza since losing their first meeting at the 2013 French Open.

She admitted: "In the past, this swing is never my best swing, and I'm happy that this year I kind of have a consistency of my results". The Bulgarian had never played a Masters final. Halep struggled more and more to keep that positivity going. Muguruza has to be a confident player considering she just won 49 percent of her return points against possibly the best server in the game right now.

"Patience. That's what it is", Dimitrov said.

The 23-year-old once again proved how dominant she can be on a championship stage and will look to parlay her most recent title against world-class competition into even more success in her next marquee match.

Halep battled to a lengthy deuce facing a 3-0 deficit in the second set, but Muguruza won before steamrolling her way to the title.

She gained a second-set edge with a backhand victor on break point for a 4-2 lead before closing it out in 1 hour, 19 minutes.

"The match felt quite tough, it was not easy at all", Halep said.

"Before the match I talked to my brother by SMS, asking, 'Is it true that I am five points away if I win the match?' He said, 'Yes.' I said, It's unbelievable". I knew that he's going to serve big, bold serves.

"I got dominated. I couldn't control the points, that's why I got down in my confidence", she added.

She showed the world why in her thrashing of Halep on Sunday. "That's where I want to play". Pliskova requested her coach midway through the match but the Spaniard surged ahead 5-3, executed another break and nabbed the set.

"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. It was a complete display of tennis from her side with all the parts working together in a smooth manner. "I'll just go out and serve and whatever happens, happens".

Spanish tennis player on garbine Muguruza for the first time became the champion of representative hard-court tournament in Cincinnati, Premier 5.

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