Halep apologises to fans after Muguruza mauling

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Garbine Muguruza easily beat Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 to capture the Western & Southern Open crown in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Pliskova, who holds the world No. 1 ranking and won this event a year ago, was the favorite because she held a 6-1 head-to-head record against the Spanish player coming into Saturday's encounter. "I'm like, 'Oh, I wish I was in her situation.' It must be hard, but I wanted the title, as well..."

She wasted little time establishing control of the match with her 6-1 first-set win-the first set Halep lost throughout the entire tournament-and maintained her momentum with a quick start in the second. Muguruza won her first title since winning the 2016 French Open when she won Wimbledon last month, while Halep tallied her only title of the year in a successful title defense at the Madrid Open.

She admitted: "In the past, this swing is never my best swing, and I'm happy that this year I kind of have a consistency of my results".

Defending champion and top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, the only player in the field ranked in the top 10, received a first-round bye. "If it's going to happen, great, but if not I will have more opportunities".

"I actually didn't think I played that badly", Stephens said.

"The difference was he was a lot more decisive at the big moments", Isner said.

If she gets serious about a return, Biles will have to search for a new coach after longtime mentor Aimee Boorman took a job in Florida last fall.

But Muguruza declined to build up her chances for the U.S. Open.

Muguruza, her left thigh bandaged, broke in the first and last games of the opening set, denied Pliskova on three break points in the opening game of the second set, then broke Pliskova's final two service games for the victory. "I had the match on my racket and tightened up", Kyrgios said.

"She's hitting the ball strong, but I had already two matches, so I know how the ball is gonna come".

"I think it was one of the best matches of the year", Muguruza said.

"I know I have to forget it". It's going to hold me back.

"I started the match very low and I played a very bad game in the second set when he break me", Nadal said. I feel like a lot of people are asking me about No. 1, stuff like that.

"I won against the 15th player in the world playing not as I want".

The Spaniard took charge early, breaking Pliskova in the first and last games of the first set.

"When I feel on court that I got dominated a little bit-I felt that I can not control the points-and that's maybe why I got a little big down in my confidence", Halep said.

Simona Halep rips a backhand during her finals defeat. "That's what...motivates me always".

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