The Wimbledon champion kept her opponent pinned to the baseline and improved her career record to 3-1 against the Romanian second seed.
With the disappointing loss, Halep squandered a chance to supplant Karolina Pliskova as the world number one. "So no pressure about being world number one". "I really want that", she added.
In the men's final, Kyrgios will be chasing his first title of the year after a hard-fought victory over stubborn Spaniard Ferrer. The Spaniard has now won 16 of 18 matches since the start of Wimbledon and this week she answered all the questions about whether she could ever be the type of player that produced consistent domination rather than sporadic big-match brilliance. "Nick served fantastic all the match", Ferrer said. "I just remained focused and used every opportunity I had".
Dimitrov saved a set point in the second set tie-break against American Isner before reaching his first Masters 1000 final. "And I feel, like, s--". "I'm going to enjoy it for a day or two but then it's back to the routine and prepare for the US Open". With this week's Cincinnati results, Pliskova sits with 6,390 points. The title would move her to 6,700 points. I'm just happy obviously with the win, but I'm just happy with the way I kept myself together throughout the whole match. "Five points, can you believe it?"
Simona Halep moved within a victory of the No. 1 ranking. She also finished as the runner-up at Cincinnati in 2015, losing to Serena Williams. "I have the desire", Halep said.
Pliskova, fighting to hold off Romania's Simona Halep atop the rankings, first ousted Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in a rain-postponed match. Even after I made that return, I was thinking, like, I don't think he can serve that many serves anymore out wide, especially he got me there like three, four times before that. Her second-round loss in NY past year means she has big points to gain, and she trails the top two women by fewer than 600 points. I tried to hit the ball and couldn't much.
Garbine Muguruza too strong for Simona Halep in Cincinnati
"Maybe tomorrow (Sunday) is my turn. I have played it quite a few times and always thought this can be maybe one of the first ones, and it is the first one". This week in Cincinnati she advanced to her sixth semifinal of the season and third final. Muguruza has won her last three final appearances and is 2-2 in final appearances on hard court.
"So that's something that I really wanted to change from a year ago and improve that". It's very sad and I'm very, very sorry about what happened. So it depends on anyone. "I am so close". I'm just really happy to see.
"I played so bad today and Garbine played so well", Halep said on court at the end. "She's strong and she has had a lot of matches".
"When I was a little girl I was dreaming to be there".
Halep never faced a break point and cruised in 54 minutes, saying "I played my best match on hardcourts so far". She would consolidate, winning her fifth game in a row for a 4-1 lead.
"I wanted to be more aggressive and take my shots". A double Grand Slam champion, her tennis blends a certain level of fluidity with some raw power which gives her all the necessary leverages to be the best in her branch. "It's back. So I'm positive again".