Venus Williams upset by Australian qualifier in Cincinnati

The Pliskova-Wozniacki victor will advance to a Saturday semifinal against Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who ousted Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in a match-up of two-time Grand Slam winners that lasted two hours, 45 minutes.

"It really is a privilege to be able to share the court with Venus", Barty said. "And I feel, like, s--".

As defending champion Karolina Pliskova won twice in one day for the third time this season to tighten her grip on the world number one ranking, Kyrgios stole the show by overpowering the 15-time Grand Slam champion after each had won earlier.

"Obviously, I'm excited, but it's just another tennis match to me", the Australian said.

The 31-year-old victor of 10 French Open crowns captured the ATP title this year at Barcelona as well as in Madrid, Monte Carlo and Roland Garros for his 15th Grand Slam crown in June.

Karlovic was leading 4-3 on serve on Thursday before rain put a stop to proceedings after he had hit eight aces to Kyrgios' one. Nevertheless, some inspired play from the former world number one allowed her to narrowly hold onto her service game for a 4-1 lead.

The Austrian, Dominic Thiem has defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), while the American Jared Donaldson was the best 6-4, 7-6 (4) against the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

David Ferrer reached his first ATP Masters quarterfinal in his last 11 tries with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Pablo Carreno Busta.


Halep, a French Open runner-up for the second time in June, can overtake Pliskova by winning the title in the final major tuneup for the US Open.

"Today was, I think, one of those matches that I really had to just be patient", Dimitrov said.

In his comeback to competitive chess for the first time in 12 years, legendary chess player Garry Kasparov registered his first win against Le Quang Liem of Vietnam.

It's the fifth straight year Halep, No.2 in the rankings, has reached the quarter-final stage.

Makarova will go head-to-head with Stephens in the last 16 after the American dispatched two-time Wimbledon champion 6-2 6-3.

Muguruza, who moved to Spain as a child, qualified for her first WTA Tour event in Barcelona.

Muguruza said she first heard about the incident while sitting in a rain delay during a match against Madison Keys on Thursday. It was very tough. "From the first point, I felt like I was going to play good tennis".

Garbine Muguruza fought off Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the Western & Southern Open semifinals with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win on Friday.


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