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Cincinnati | Garbine Muguruza thrashes Simona Halep in final

Romania’s Simona Halep missed out on a chance to become the new world number one after being thrashed by Garbine Muguruza in the Cincinnati Open final.

I think today was my best performance of the tournament, because I felt like I played 20 hours in that court, you know. I had very long matches. It was just there. I think I did few little mistakes and my shots were very [well] placed and I think I was doing almost everything right there. Garbine Muguruza

Halep, 25, lost to the Wimbledon champion 6-1 6-0 in just 57 minutes.

A win would have seen world number two Halep replace Karolina Pliskova at the top of the rankings.

For the second straight year in Cincinnati, a player took the court with the No.1 ranking on the line, but Halep – who will sit just five ranking points behind Karolina Pliskova on Monday with the defeat – never got going in the face of relentless tennis from Muguruza’s end of the court.

“I think today was my best performance of the tournament, because I felt like I played 20 hours in that court, you know. I had very long matches,” Muguruza said after the match. “It was just there. I think I did few little mistakes and my shots were very [well] placed and I think I was doing almost everything right there.

“Since the first ball, honestly, I knew there was going to be a lot of long rallies, and she’s a very solid player and, you know, very tough, as well. I was ready for it. I was looking to play my game, to be aggressive since the first moment.”

It was an emphatic performance from Muguruza before the US Open, which starts on 28 August.

After beating Britain’s Johanna Konta in the semi-final, Halep hit 20 unforced errors and struggled to find any rhythm.

“I played so bad today and she played so well. I am sorry for this match,” she said.

Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares lost their men’s doubles final to the French fifth seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Murray and Soares were beaten 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes.

The third seeds, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon, had not dropped a set leading up the final in Cincinnati.






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