Johanna Konta claims place in Cincinnati Open quarter-finals

Johanna Konta claims place in Cincinnati Open quarter-finals

Fourth-seeded Muguruza was the first player to secure a finals bid Saturday by dispatching top-seeded Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 on Center Court.

Nadal got only halfway there. Obviously tough schedule for me last two days: three matches in about not even 24 hours.

Nadal was sloppy at the outset and on the defensive for much of a 6-2, 7-5 loss that lasted an hour and 20 minutes. I didn't play that badly. "I don't have words to say". "For me, it's an unbelievable achievement".

"A tragedy", he said. It's very sad and I'm very, very sorry about what happened.

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Konta, who had not lost to the Romanian in three previous meetings, saved two match points when trailing 5-3, and was down 40-0 down at 6-5 before battling back to win the game. At age 35, Ferrer is the second-oldest semifinalist in Cincinnati during the Open Era behind Ken Rosewall in 1970.

Nadal, who won his 10th French Open title in June, was assured of moving into the top ranking on Monday for the first time since July 2014 when Roger Federer withdrew from Cincinnati with a back injury. Dimitrov needed only 52 minutes to beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-1.

Nadal beat compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 to reach a quarter-final later against Australian Nick Kyrgios. The second set was tied 4-4 when the match was halted for an hour. He closed it out with a 136 miles per hour ace, one of his 25 in the match. "I don't have words to say, because when these kind of things happen, is hard", Nadal said. The Wimbledon champion survived another tough challenge on Friday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.

Halep went up a double-break early in both sets and was never seriously challenged by the American, who was playing in her fourth tournament since returning from foot surgery and an 11-month layoff from the sport.

"I was very precise with my shots, " Muguruza said.

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"I obviously had some unforced errors that I wasn't happy about, but I felt like I had to go for it because she was just going to make everything", Keys said.

Pliskova ultimately fended off four match points, but Muguruza converted the fifth to secure the win.

In the WTA event, Sania Mizra and Shuai Peng have reached the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-7 (1) [10-3] win over Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru.

Sloan Stephens also pulled off a two-win day to reach the semifinals. Svitolina faces Germany's Julia Goerges later.

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