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Muguruza clinches Cincinnati title

Garbine Muguruza holds the Rookwood Cup after defeating Simona Halep in the final of the Cincinnati Masters.
 CINCINNATI, Aug 21: Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza humbled second-ranked Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday’s final of the WTA Cincinnati Masters, denying the Romanian the World No. 1 spot in the process.

 Sixth-seeded Spaniard Muguruza needed only 56 minutes to capture her second title of the year and her first in the US event, taking the $522,450 top prize in the last major US Open tuneup.

“The American swing was never going my way,” Muguruza said. “Finally, this year, I improved that.”

It marked the third loss of the year for Halep when she was playing for the top ranking, also falling in the French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko and the Wimbledon quarterfinal against Johanna Konta, each time after taking the first set.

“Maybe I feel the pressure and I don’t realise it,” Halep said. “Maybe I just played bad.”

Halep’s coach, Darren Cahill, told ESPN that the French Open loss still haunts her, saying: “There’s still a little leftover residue from Paris. It takes some time to get over that.”

Halep apologised to spectators after the embarrassing defeat, thanking them for support “even if I played so bad and Muguruza played so well.” – AFP

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