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Halep seeks No. 1 in Cincy, Kyrgios into final

Halep seeks No. 1 in Cincy, Kyrgios into final
Cincinnati: Simona Halep has her third chance of the season to claim the world number one ranking after beating Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters finals.
The second-ranked Romanian tries to become the 24th different woman atop the list by winning Sunday's final against Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who ousted top- ranked Czech defending champion Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2.
"If it's going to happen, great, but if not I will have more opportunities. Hopefully I can do it. I have the desire," Halep said. "I am so close. I really want that."
Australia's 23rd-ranked Nick Kyrgios and Bulgaria's 11th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the men's final, where Sunday's winner will claim his first ATP Masters crown. Dimitrov dispatched 19th-ranked American John Isner 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (12/10) while Kyrgios eliminated Spain's David Ferrer 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4).
Dimitrov won his only meeting with Kyrgios in the second round at Indian Wells in 2015.
Halep has already lost twice this year playing for the top ranking, falling in the French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko and the Wimbledon quarterfinal against Johanna Konta, each time after taking the first set.
"Maybe tomorrow is my turn," Halep said. "I have to give my best and fight and if I win it's going to be really special. It's a great opportunity. But for sure it's going to be a tough match against a Grand Slam champion. "It's a big challenge. It's a big match." Halep says while she is confident her rise to the top will come, she wants to win it for herself.
"I know if I keep this level, it's going to come. If not tomorrow, maybe next weeks," she said. "I can keep hoping for that, but I don't want to do that, actually. I want to win it... it's going to be more special and nicer for me. "My first goal was a Grand Slam title, and it's still the first goal. But now being very close, it's maybe the most important thing in this period."
Serena Williams had been No.1 earlier this year. Germany's Angelique Kerber and Pliskova have held the spot since.
Sixth-ranked Spaniard Muguruza, seeking her fifth career title, is 2-1 against Halep with two hardcourt wins but lost their most recent meeting in 2015 on Stuttgart clay. "I'm just happy to be in the final," said Muguruza.


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