Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza, ๐Ÿ† Cincinnati Final Preview

Western & Southern Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ‰๐Ÿ† Cincinnati Preview + Prediction
Final: (2) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Simona Halep vs (4) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza

A blockbuster finale is confirmed for Sunday at the Western & Southern Open as Simona Halep comes up against Garbine Muguruza. Halep is again one win away from becoming the world number 1, however a red-hot Muguruza stands in her way. Halep and Muguruza both cruised through their semi-final matches on Saturday, both will be fresh and ready to give their all in Sundayโ€™s final. Muguruza holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Halep, however this will be the first meeting between the pair in over 2 years and it was Halep who won their most recent match. It will be interesting to see how these two match-up against each other, in a match-up that should be seen at the business end of the biggest tournaments over the coming years.

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Simona Halep vs Sloane Stephens, Cincinnati SF Preview

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SF #2: (2) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Simona Halep vs (wc) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Sloane Stephens

Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens will contest Saturdayโ€™s second semi-final at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Halepโ€™s quest to finally claim the world number 1 ranking is still alive in Cincinnati, if the Romanian wins the title she will overtake Karolina Pliskova and become the new world number 1. Halep will be a strong favourite heading into this semi-final clash given she has won the last three matches against Stephens, most recently a few weeks ago in Washington D.C where Halep won in straight sets. However, Sloane Stephens is in impeccable form and will enter this match with nothing to lose, making her a dangerous opponent.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Garbine Muguruza, Cincinnati SF Preview

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SF #1: (1) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Karolina Pliskova vs (4) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza

Saturdayโ€™s first semi-final at the Western & Southern Open will be a blockbuster clash between reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and current world number 1 and defending champion Karolina Pliskova. This has been a very good match-up for Pliskova in recent times, the Czech holds a 6-1 head-to-head record over Muguruza and has won their last 6 encounters. Muguruza is the form player on the tour and will be keen to finally get a victory over Pliskova who has been her biggest nemesis in the last couple of years. With both players in great form, this should be a high quality contest with seemingly little to separate the pair.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Camila Giorgi, Cincinnati R3 Preview

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(1) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Karolina Pliskova vs (Q) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Camila Giorgi

Karolina Pliskova will continue her Western & Southern Open campaign on Thursday night, the defending champion will face the always-dangerous Camila Giorgi for a spot in the quarter-finals in Cincinnati. Pliskova cruised through her opening round match in Cincinnati, defeating Natalia Vikhlyantseva without dropping serve. Camila Giorgi has already won four matches in Cincinnati having come through the qualifying draw, most recently Giorgi defeated Daria Gavrilova in a tough three set match on Wednesday. Pliskova holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Giorgi but it was the Italian who won their most recent match earlier thus year.

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Dominika Cibulkova vs Johanna Konta, Cincinnati R3 Preview

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(7) ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Johanna Konta vs (11) ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Dominika Cibulkova

An exciting third round clash at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday evening sees the 7th seeded Johanna Konta come up against the 11th seeded Dominika Cibulkova. Konta and Cibulkova both cruised through their second round matches in Cincinnati. Konta defeated Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-3 whilst Cibulkova beat Alize Cornet 6-4 6-1. The head-to-head record between the pair is split at one win apiece, both matches took place on hard court last year. The scene is set for a high intensity, close match between two of the toughest competitors on tour with a quarter-final spot up for grabs in Cincinnati.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Madison Keys, Cincinnati R3 Preview

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(4) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs (16) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Madison Keys

The match of the day at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday sees the reining Wimbledon Champion: Garbine Muguruza, come up against a resurgent Madison Keys. Garbine Muguruza has made a decent start to the U.S Open series, the Spaniard has backed up well after claiming her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last month. Madison Keys is one of the form players on tour at the moment having won the title in Stanford a few weeks ago and beating two tough opponents to reach the third round in Cincinnati. This looms as a tough battle between two ladies playing great tennis at the moment.

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Simona Halep vs Anastasija Sevastova, Cincinnati R3 Preview

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(2) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Simona Halep vs (15) ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Anastasija Sevastova

Simona Halep continues her Cincinnati campaign on Thursday morning with a third round clash against the 15th seeded Anastasija Sevastova. Halep looms as one of the favourites to win the title this week and heads into this third round clash full of confidence given her recent domination of Sevastova. Halep has won the last three matches between the pair, all in straight sets, dropping a combined 7 games throughout three comfortable wins.

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Elina Svitolina vs Lesia Tsurenko, Cincinnati R2 Preview

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(5) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Elina Svitolina vs ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Lesia Tsurenko

The 5th seeded Elina Svitolina begins her 2017 Western & Southern Open campaign against fellow Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko on Wednesday evening. Svitolina arrives in Cincinnati as number 1 on the U.S Open series leaderboard after winning her 5th title of the year last week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Svitolina will look to keep the positive momentum going in Cincinnati as she builds towards New York.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Cincinnati R2 Preview

Western & Southern Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ‰ Cincinnati R2 Preview + Prediction
(1) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Karolina Pliskova vs (LL) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Natalia Vikhlyantseva

World number 1, Karolina Pliskova will begin her 2017 Western & Southern Open campaign on Wednesday night when she comes up against Russian lucky-loser Natalia Vikhlyantseva. Pliskova is the defending champion in Cincinnati this week and will be hoping for another strong tournament before heading to New York where she will be aiming to claim her first Grand Slam title. After receiving a bye through to the second round, Pliskova will start as a strong favourite when she comes up against Vikhlyantseva in her first match of the tournament.

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Angelique Kerber vs Ekaterina Makarova, Cincinnati R2 Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Angelique Kerber vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova

Angelique Kerber will be out for revenge when she comes up against Ekaterina Makarova in the second round of the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday. Kerber was defeated by Makarova in straight sets in the opening round of Roland Garros earlier this year. These two have a long history, this will be the 13th meeting between the pair, Kerber holds a 7-5 record over Makarova but it the Russian who heads into this clash with form on her side.

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