Spain's Nadal, Muguruza stunned by Thursday's attack in Barcelona

Spain's Nadal, Muguruza stunned by Thursday's attack in Barcelona

Spain's Nadal, Muguruza stunned by Thursday's attack in Barcelona

Garbine Muguruza ended her Karolina Pliskova hoodoo to progress to the Western and Southern Open final courtesy of a classy 6-3, 6-2 victory on Saturday.

In the women's bracket, defending champion Pliskova beat qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in the completion of a suspended match.

"The first match helped me a little bit to have some rallies already today", Pliskova said. "I know I won, but I'm sure she feels like it was a great match as well, because it was a tough battle and very hot out there".

The only one of four rivals who could have toppled Pliskova this week still with hope is second-ranked Halep, who ripped British seventh seed Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) to book a semi-final date with United States wildcard Sloane Stephens.

She played with a black ribbon on her white visor as a mark of respect and said, according to the WTA: "I thought about wearing it (on her tennis kit), but I was playing in a dark outfit, so I thought no".

"Barcelona te siento. Barcelona I feel you", Muguruza wrote on Twitter after the match.

"To be No. 1 after all the things I've been going through the last couple years is something unbelievable", Nadal said.

Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine defeated Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-4.

Wozniacki saved three break points in the first set, including two in her first service game, to maintain control of the match.

German third seed and former world number one Kerber was bundled out after Ekaterina Makarova converted her eighth match point in Cincinnati.

It was 19-year-old Tiafoe's first win over a top-10 player and he bounded around the court in joy, thumping his chest to a standing ovation after Zverev floated a backhand long on match point with his third unforced error of the last game.

"I think she played very solid, not missing much and obviously serving well".

"I'm definitely not thinking at all about number one", Muguruza said. She faces U.S. wildcard, Sloane Stephens, next. Halep was set to face Britain's seventh-ranked Johanna Konta in a later quarter-final.

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, the 11th seed, won the last four games of her second-round match with Alize Cornet of France to complete a 6-1, 6-4 victory. "I could hit the ball".

"Now I have another opportunity tomorrow to go on court and play".

During a first-set changeover she told her coach Kamau Murray that she was having trouble getting her feet moving.

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