WTA Cincinnati - Muguruza dominates Pliskova to reach her 8th career final


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WTA Cincinnati - Muguruza dominates Pliskova to reach her 8th career final

Garbine Muguruza keeps being impressive. The Spaniard player defeated Karolina Pliskova by 6-3 6-2 in an hour and 19 minutes playing a great match and being always under control. Pliskova was leading head to head meetings 6-1, Muguruza had won only at 2013 Roland Garros, after that just two sets won in the following six matches by the Spaniard. Today Muguruza was very solid, she saved all the three break points faced and won 80% first serve points. Pliskova won just 25% second serve points and faced 14 break points in total.

It was a complicated match from the beginning to the end for the World No. 1, who got broken in the first game of the match as Muguruza had a strong and aggressive start. Pliskova saved two break points in a row on 2-4, but in the following serve game she was broken and lost the set. In the first game of the second set Muguruza saved three break points in a 9-minute game where Pliskova should definitely have done better. From 1-all, Garbine won five of the last six remaining games to advance into her eigth WTA career-final, the first one outside Grand Slams since 2015 Beijing. On Sunday the defending Wimbledon champion will try to win her fifth career-title, she will face Simona Halep or Sloane Stephens. By winning the title Muguruza would overcome Elina Svitolina at the third place of the WTA Rankings while Pliskova, who was Cincinnati defending champion, could be overcomed at the first place by Simona Halep if the Romanian wins the title.