Photos from Cincinnati: Muguruza, Halep reach the finals, the battle for the No.1 ranking is on

Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza and second seed Simona Halep are through to the 2017 Western & Southern Open finals, with the Romanian having a chance to overtake Karolina Pliskova at the top of the WTA rankings if she wins the title match on Sunday.

In the semifinals, Halep raced past wildcard Sloane Stephens, who had been forced to play twice the day before, visibly lacking energy for a proper fight with the world No.2 less than 24 hours later.

The other semifinal had a similar scenario, as reigning world No.1 Karolina Pliskova, after playing two matches on Friday, had to face a well-rested Garbine Muguruza. The Spanish two-time Grand Slam champion took full advantage of the situation, beating Pliskova in straight sets.

Pliskova’s loss means the No.1 ranking will be on the line on Sunday, with Simona Halep trailing the top spot by only five points. If Halep manages to win the final, she’ll be come the 24th player to grace the top of the WTA rankings, while if Muguruza wins, Pliskova will hang on to it for another week at least.

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2 thoughts on “Photos from Cincinnati: Muguruza, Halep reach the finals, the battle for the No.1 ranking is on

  1. Emman Damian

    Simona will be number 1. I’m thinking she just needs more confidence. She only produce one game against Garbine which is odd. I know she’ll regroup in US Open. Garbine on the other hand can be a contender too. She is very confident after her Wimbledon victory.

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