Makarova upsets Kerber to advance in Cincinnati

Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina returns to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during the round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Thursday Aug. 17 2017 in Mason Ohio
Kerber falls to Makarova, Pliskova opens title defence
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22 August, 2017

The defending champion at Flushing Meadows might see her ranking plunging way outside the top 10 in the next few weeks. The next set was a whole other business with Kerber dominating the court. It showed against Tiafoe, who was more aggressive as the match went along.

"No excuses, nothing at all", Nadal said. "And he's too good of a player to beat when I'm in this stage".

"I'm going to take a break", Williams said. "For me, it's an fantastic achievement". "The feeling that you're not safe nowhere - that's bad". Everyone is very, very sad.

"All my support to Barcelona and especially to the people that are suffering a lot, for all the families of the victims".

Kyrgios will face David Ferrer, who won his only match of the day - 6-3, 6-3 over fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem.

Ferrer, 35, is the oldest Cincinnati semi-finalist since 1970 champion Ken Rosewall.

No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed left in a men's field depleted by upsets and injuries - Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic missed the tournament because of injuries.

Dictating play over a faltering Kerber, Makarova won her fifth consecutive as she powered herself to a formidable 5-2 lead despite looking down-and-out just 20 minutes ago. Eventually, Makarova won the tie-break by 13-11 not before wasting other five match points. He closed it out with a 136 miles per hour ace, one of his 25 in the match. "I don't have words to say, because when these kind of things happen, is hard", Nadal said. "I'm going to go with that".

Fourth-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza won a lengthy battle against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation 6-2 5-7 7-5 on a hot and windy day to reach the Cincinnati Open semi-finals on Friday. The match went 2 hours, 45 minutes - her longest of the tournament.

"I'm definitely not thinking at all about number one", Muguruza said.

"I played pretty sloppy for the first three games", Dimitrov said of the second set. Obviously, a tough schedule for me the last two days - three matches in about not even 24 hours.

However, Makarova was finally eighth time lucky when being 12-11 up as she played some impressive baseline tennis which saw her move Kerber all around the court with her powerful groundstrokes, eventually closing the point out with a net victor, sealing the win after an incredible marathon lasting 2 hours and 41 minutes.

Nadal beat compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 to reach a quarter-final later against Australian Nick Kyrgios. Not disappointing her fans, the German continued to excel in her service games to seal the second set with a dominant scoreline of 6-1. "It was just not a great day". "I recover well, so definitely I will be ready for tomorrow".

Halep, seeking her first No. 1 ranking, has yet to drop a set in the tournament and appears to be peaking at just the right time. I didn't play that badly. "I could hit the ball". So I feel the rhythm. I knew I'm not going to have that many rallies against John.


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