Simona Halep is now 0-3 in opportunities to take the No. 1 ranking for the first time, and Sunday in Cincinnati was the most painful.
No. 4 seed Garbine Muguruza beat No. 2 seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in the final of the Western & Southern Open, denying Halep the No. 1 ranking and capturing her second title of the year.
“I think today was my best performance of the tournament, because I felt like I played 20 hours in that court,” Muguruza said. “I think I did few little mistakes and my shots were very [well] placed and I think I was doing almost everything right there.”
Muguruza kept the match under an hour with a power display, winning the last nine games of the match.
“She was hitting very strong, and after a few games I got down with the confidence,” said Halep. “I tried to hit the ball and couldn’t much, then I tried to go back a little bit and was not good. I don’t really know what I had to do, and I think she was just too good today.”
Muguruza now moves into position for her own shot at No. 1 during the latter part of 2017.
“I was thinking about [Halep reaching No.1],” the Spaniard said. “I’m like, ‘Oh, I wish I was in her situation.’ It must be difficult, but I wanted the title, as well…I feel like a lot of people are asking me about No. 1, stuff like that. All I want is to win the tournaments.”
Muguruza improved to 2-0 in 2017 finals and 5-3 career. Halep fell to 1-3 in 2017 finals and 15-11 career.
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