Pliskova, Halep, Muguruza, Stephens Into WTA Cincy Semis


In other games, Danish Caroline Wozniacki eased past Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter finals where she could meet current world number one Karolina Pliskova.

Muguruza advanced to Sunday's final against the victor of a later match between Romania's second-ranked Simona Halep and 151st-ranked U.S. wildcard Sloane Stephens.

He'll face John Isner, who beat wild-card Jared Donaldson 7-6 (4), 7-5. Nick Kyrgios beat David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).

Halep has yet to drop a set in the tournament and appears to be peaking at just the right time, looking to become the first Romanian women to claim the top ranking. "Because I felt like we both played very well". "I feel the rhythm". The seventh-seeded Dimitrov got his first career win in six matches against Del Potro.

"I think I did this thing very, very well today".

"I lost to her so many times, I figured out something was going wrong", Muguruza said. "Everything went my way".

Kyrgios, ranked 23rd, took the first set in 25 minutes, dropping only three points on his serve while taking seven- of-eight points off the 31-year-old Spaniard's second serves.

"I know if I keep this level, it's going to come".

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. "I was able to get some points and get back in the match but then I played a bad game".

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Dialed in with the down the line drive, Muguruza belted a backhand return down the line breaking again at 15 to seal the first set in 36 minutes. If not tomorrow, maybe next weeks. "I went in the locker room, showered, changed, stretched, ate a little". I didn't play that badly. "It was just not a great day".

Despite the loss, Nadal will move back to No. 1 in the ATP rankings next week for the first time since 2014, before a series of injuries affected his game.

She said: "I played my best, I think, match on hard court so far". "I knew that was I gonna die on the court if it was necessary". I just had to be very composed and use every opportunity that I had.

During that match with Konta, clearly Halep found a ideal way to deal with those big hitters. He certainly is in good form.

Neither Kyrgios nor Dimitrov have ever reached an ATP Masters final while Isner is 0-3 in such matches. "Nick served incredible all the match", Ferrer said. It's very sad and I'm very, very sorry about what happened.

Kyrgios and Ferrer displayed remarkably efficient serving in their nightcap.

"In important moments, he served really good". "I didn't have chance in the second tiebreak".

Nadal took only 6-of-20 second serve points and won only five off the Aussie's first serve.