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- Simona Halep held off Aryna Sabalenka to reach the final of the Cincinnati Masters. The world No 1 and top seed secured a 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Belarusian to move her second WTA Tour Premier 5 final in the space of a few days. .@SimonaHalep digs deep to down Sabalenka, 6-3, 6-4! Into third @CincyTennis final! — WTA (@WTA) August 18, 2018 Fresh from winning the Rogers Cup, the Romanian bro...

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- Kiki Bertens adapted to the 80% humidity in Cincinnatti better than her opponent Petra Kvitova. It was by no means pretty or her best tennis, but the 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory by Kiki Bertens was an amazing achievement in this humidity. It obviously had a vice like grip on Kvitová, but she played through the heat barrier best she could. Arguably Bertens shaded it and was the deserved winner. Kvitová...

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news from Sunday, August 19, 2018

- Petra Kvitova is into the Cincinnati semi-finals after coming through a tough quarter-final against Elise Mertens on Friday. It is the first time in almost two years that the Czech two-time Wimbledon champion has made it to the last four of a tournament on US soil, and she was certainlymade to earn her 7-5 5-7 6-3 win. “Luckily I did have good second serves, which was very important for me to pu...

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- Simona Halep is playing like a true world number one, says WTA legend Martina Navratilova. The Romanian has been around the top of the rankings all year as Serena Williams’ absence created a void at the top of the woman’s game. However, her win at Roland Garros appears to have transformed her attitude, says Navratilova, after years of struggling to break her Grand Slam duck. “It has taken he...

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- World number one Simona Halep has booked her place in the Cincinnati semi-finals, but she had to win two matches on Friday to do it. The Romanian started the day on court against Ashley Barty on a holdover from Thursday after rain played havoc with the schedules. It proved to be a very routine win for Halep too, as she breezed to a 7-5 6-4 win in which she wasn’t really required to find top gear...

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