Cincinnati Finals, New Haven Day 1 Roundup: Muguruza denies Halep No.1 ranking

This is a roundup post to bring to you what happened the previous day in Cincinnati and New Haven, and some thoughts on round one matches in New Haven.

Well I have nothing to say… Simona Halep once again fell short of the No.1 ranking in a tame effort in the Cincinnati final, losing to Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1 6-0. The scoreline probably tells you how well Muguruza played and how badly Halep did. Here are some photos from the final…

Here are the stats which pretty much sums up the match… I don’t know which one is correct though lol

Halep herself was pretty disappointed with the loss and here was what she said.

So the tour will be heading for the final Grand Slam of the year soon and there could be eighttttttt players heading out of America with the No.1 ranking there…

Before heading to New York though, there’s the Connecticut Open in New Haven where players head there to get their last minute preparations underway. My draw preview of it is linked below…

Two main draw matches have already started and the winners were Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Alize Cornet. There goes my finalist for the week (predictions HERE) and Cornet beating Putintseva in a double bagel scoreline… shook!

Most of the round one matches will get underway tomorrow and I’m very excited for Petra Kvitova taking on Zhang Shuai and Barbora Strycova vs Daria Kasatkina!

Zhang hasn’t got her season going so far and she is in real danger of slipping down the rankings having had a great Asian swing last year, reaching the final in Tokyo, semifinals in Seoul and Zhuhai and a quarterfinal appearance in the Premier Mandatory tournament in Beijing. For Kvitova, after winning the title in Birmingham we all thought the Czech would return to the top 10 sooner or later but it hasn’t gone all so smoothly. She has failed to win back-to-back matches in her last four tournaments and Kvitova will be hoping to find some form in New Haven.

Kvitova is the undisputed New Haven queen and she has been coming to this tournament since 2012. She has also won the title three times before, amassing a 19-3 record here. Kvitova has even described New Haven as her ‘second home’ and if she can get her game going as she always does here, there’s probably no chance for Zhang to have a foothold in the match.

Daria Kasatkina won’t want to remember what happened in her last meeting with Barbora Strycova as she fell down and twisted her ankle there. Since that, she has gone 5-4 on the season and has not won back-to-back matches since Roland Garros. Neither has Strycova had a good last few months and her only highlight was in Eastbourne where she made the quarterfinals.

Both have similar gamestyles so this is very tough to call. I’ll go with Kasatkina as Strycova has had a long two weeks, playing doubles and singles in the last two tournaments.

Lastly for the post I’ll leave you with some pictures of New Haven’s kids day! Aga looks great 🙂

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