Spanish and Wimbledon champion, Garbine Muguruza beat Romanian Simona Halep at the Cincinnati Women’s final to win the Masters 1000 title.
Ahead of the US Open at Flushing Meadows next week, Muguruza displayed an emphatic performance to beat Halep who saw off current world number one Karolina Pliskova in the semi finals in straight sets of 6-1 6-0.
Simona Halep, 25, who would have replaced Pliskova at the top of the rankings had she won was beaten in less than an hour to remain second on the rankings.
She said after the game; “I played so badly and she played so well. I am sorry for this match”.
“I got dominated. I couldn’t control the points, that’s why I got down in my confidence”, she added.
Muguruza, who said she felt “a little bit bad” for Halep but admitted was “very happy” to be seen now as a favourite for the US Open title starting next week indicated that; “It doesn’t always happen that you win a tournament and then go ahead and win a Grand Slam, but I’m happy to have the confidence- it beats not having it”.
Pliskova is still on top of the WTA rankings ahead of the last Grand Slam of the year ahead of Simona Halep who moves to second with Cincinnati Open winner, Garbine Muguruza moving to third.
In the Men’s doubles, French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat British Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares in straight sets.
The French pair beat Murray and Soares 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes and continued their fine form of not losing a single set at the Cincinnati Open.