Friday brought a jam-packed schedule to the 2017 Western and Southern Open after rain wreaked havoc Thursday night at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 seed in the men's draw, headlined a group of players listed twice on Friday's order of play as the tournament attempted to get back on track for championship weekend. Top women's seed and reigning champion Karolina Pliskova started Day 5 in the same unenviable position.
Let's check out the complete list of matches and results from the 2017 U.S. Open Series event, which will get updated through the day's conclusion of play. All match information is courtesy of the Western and Southern Open's official website.
R3: (1) Rafael Nadal d. Albert Ramos Vinolas; 7-6, 6-2
R3: Nick Kyrgios d. Ivo Karlovic; 4-6, 7-6, 6-3
QF: Nick Kyrgios d. (1) Rafael Nadal; 6-2, 7-5
QF: David Ferrer d. (3) Dominic Thiem; 6-3, 6-3
QF: (14) John Isner d. Jared Donaldson; 7-6, 7-5
QF: (7) Grigor Dimitrov d. Yuichi Sugita; 6-2, 6-1
R3: (1) Karolina Pliskova d. Camila Giorgi; 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
R3: Julia Goerges d. (5) Elina Svitolina; 7-5, 6-4
R3: Sloane Stephens d. Ekaterina Makarova; 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
QF: (1) Karolina Pliskova d. (6) Caroline Wozniacki; 6-2, 6-4
QF: (4) Garbine Muguruza d. (8) Svetlana Kuznetsova; 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
QF: Sloane Stephens d. Julia Goerges; 6-1, 7-6
QF: (2) Simona Halep d. (7) Johanna Konta; 6-4, 7-6(1)
Recap of Top Matches
Muguruza Edges Kuznetsova in Battle of Major Champions
Muguruza looked primed for a routine day after breezing through the first set against Kuznetsova. The veteran Russian fought back, however, taking the second set and pushing the reigning Wimbledon champion deep into the third before the Spanish star finally punched her ticket to the semifinals.
It was the second consecutive match in which Muguruza was pushed to the limit. She needed a third-set tiebreaker to outlast American rising star Madison Keys in the third round. So she'll benefit from the added rest while her some of her counterparts play an extra match Friday.
The WTA highlighted match point:
She's done it! @GarbiMuguruza is the first through to the #CincyTennis semifinals, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5! https://t.co/oOS2Yp73pc2017-8-18 17:58:59
Jose Morgado of the Diario Record noted today's victory guarantees the 23-year-old two-time major winner will have a chance to emerge from the season's final major with the No. 1 ranking:
José Morgado @josemorgado
Another battle and another win for Muguruza, who beats Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to reach Cincy SFs. She will have a shot on #1 at the USOpen https://t.co/whKuwFnGDz2017-8-18 17:56:46
All told, while Muguruza has continued to play solid tennis since her triumph at Wimbledon, she failed to reach the final in either Stanford or Toronto. She can bring that short drought to an end with a win Saturday, though it will be a while before her semifinal opponent is known due to the busy schedule.
Pliskova Rolls By Wozniacki in Second Match of Day
Pliskova showed no signs of fatigue as she returned to the court just hours after an earlier victory over Giorgi to cruise past Wozniacki in straight sets.
The top seed was in complete control pretty much from the opening point, dictating points off both wings with her superior power. It didn't take long to see Wozniacki simply didn't have the firepower to compete with the in-form Czech standout, who reached the U.S. Open final one year ago.
Meanwhile, losing to an offensively aggressive opponent has long been a common theme for the 27-year-old Danish fan favorite. Her strong defense has led to numerous accomplishments, led by the No. 1 ranking, but winning a major remains elusive mostly due to her lack of raw power.
The W&S Open spotlighted Pliskova's compact schedule Friday:
W&S Open @CincyTennis
.@KaPliskova's Friday Schedule: 2:48pm - Defeats Giorgi to reach QF 6:00pm - Defeats Wozniacki to reach SF The defending champ marches on 👏 https://t.co/MsiooHrAc32017-8-18 22:03:07
Matt Cronin of Tennis Reporters commented on the outcome for both players:
Matt Cronin @TennisReporters
Karolina Pliskova smokes Wozniacki 62 64. Pliskova has 2 win Cincy--and the US Open 2 prove she's a legit No. 1. Caroline is so up & down2017-8-18 22:26:35
Pliskova advances to battle Muguruza in Saturday's semifinals. She's won their last six head-to-head meetings, with her only loss in the matchup coming all the way back in the 2013 French Open.
Halep Defeats Konta to Avenge Wimbledon Loss
In July, Johanna Konta sent Simona Halep packing at Wimbledon with a thrilling three-set victory in front of a boisterous home crowd.
Friday night, Halep served up her revenge.
Fresh off a straight-set third-round victory over Anastasija Sevastova, Halep dispatched Konta 6-4, 7-6(1) fashion to set up a semifinal date with American Sloane Stephens.
Halep—who has yet to drop a set in Cincinnati—owns a 4-2 lifetime record against Stephens, including three straight wins.
Their last meeting came at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.
Squaring off in a first-round tilt, Halep won a first-set tiebreak before throttling Stephens 6-0 in the second stanza to cruise into Round 2.
Since then, Stephens has won eight of nine matches—including a straight-set quarterfinal triumph over Julia Goerges on Friday.
Kyrgios Stuns Nadal to Reach Semifinals
Nick Kyrgios downed the top-seeded Nadal under the lights in Cincinnati and booked a spot in the semifinals with a thorough 6-2, 7-5 victory.
Tennis TV on Twitter captured video of Kyrgios' match-sealing ace:
Tennis TV @TennisTV
No stopping Nick! @NickKyrgios speeds past Nadal in straight sets to make the last 4 in Cincinnati. #CincyTennis https://t.co/wVU7hP8pn72017-8-19 03:02:38
According to ATP Media Info, this is the first time since 2012 that no members of the Big Four (Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic) have been represented in the semifinals of a Masters 1000 event.
By virtue of the win, Kyrgios is now 2-2 all-time against Nadal. His first victory against the world No. 2 came at Wimbledon in 2014.
The 22-year-old Aussie will now attempt to clinch a spot in the championship match when he clashes with David Ferrer.
In their only meeting to date, Ferrer defeated Kyrgios 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 on the hard court at the 2013 U.S. Open.