Simona Halep fails to take advantage of her chance to go No. 1 as she falls to Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in Western & Southern Open.

By Associated Press
August 20, 2017

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza added another trophy in her breakthrough summer, beating Simona Halep on Sunday for her first Western & Southern Open title.

Muguruza's 6-1, 6-0 victory in only 56 minutes extended her streak of playing deep into tournaments and denied Halep a chance to move to No. 1 in the next WTA rankings.

The Spaniard won her first title in the U.S. and her second of the year, along with Wimbledon. In three tournaments since, she has at least reached the quarterfinals.

It was a big disappointment for Halep—the third time this season that she needed one more win to move up to No. 1 and couldn't get it. She also finished as the runner-up at Cincinnati in 2015, losing to Serena Williams.

Halep brought a lot of momentum into the final. She was feeling good and moving well after being hampered by a knee injury early in the season. The Romanian didn't lose a set all week until Sunday, when she was never in the match.

Muguruza broke her to go up 2-0 in the first set and was in control. Halep won only 12 points in the set, which lasted 23 minutes. Muguruza broke her again to open the second set and faced only two break points all match.

When it ended, Muguruza congratulated Halep and walked around the court with her smiling face cradled in both hands, taking it all in. Then she put her hands over her heart and reached toward the applauding crowd.

The women's bracket was missing Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova. Muguruza knocked off defending champion Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.

The men's bracket lacked Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and defending champion Marin Cilic because of injuries. Dimitrov took advantage and won a title with his steady serve - he was broken only once all week.

Kyrgios had only two break chances and failed to convert either during the 1-hour, 25-minute final. Neither player had reached a Masters title match until this week. Dimitrov said his shoulder felt heavy as he sensed the moment and served out the match.

''In moments like that, it's so difficult,'' Dimitrov said. ''There's so many things going through your head. Today there was a lot more on the line for me so yeah, the weight was a bit more.''

Kyrgios was delighted to reach a final after a hip injury prompted him to quit several matches this summer, including at Wimbledon.

''Where I was three weeks ago—it wasn't good at all—and now I'm in a Masters final,'' Kyrgios said. ''That's a very Nick Kyrgios thing to do. I don't know. It's crazy.''

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