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Western & Southern Open 2016: Friday Tennis Scores, Results, Latest Schedule

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2016

Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns to Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, during the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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It was quarterfinal Friday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, as just eight men and eight women remained in each of the singles brackets.

Here are the final results from all of the day's action:

Western & Southern Open Results: Friday, Aug. 19
Men's Bracket
WinnerLoserResult
Milos RaonicDominic Thiem6-3, 6-4
Grigor DimitrovSteve Johnson7-6, 6-2
Maran CilicBorna Coric6-2, 0-0 (Coric retired)
Andy MurrayBernard Tomic6-4, 6-4
Women's Bracket
WinnerLoserResult
Karolina PliskovaSvetlana Kuznetsova6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Angelique KerberCarla Suarez Navarro4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Garbine MuguruzaTimea Babos6-4, 6-3
Simona HalepAgnieszka Radwanska7-5, 6-1
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The quarterfinals on both sides featured some players who recently made it back from the biggest sporting event in the world.

Fresh off her silver-medal performance at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Angelique Kerber returned to the WTA Tour in strong fashion, defeating Carla Suarez Navarro to make it to the semifinals. 

With a lot of tennis and traveling under her belt, Kerber started out slow, dropping the first set, but she hit another gear in the second and third sets to close out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win.

She managed to pull out the win despite recording 10 double-faults, making up for them with her brilliant play on break points. Of 19 opportunities, she saved 16.

Kerber is now two wins away from overtaking Serena Williams as the world's No. 1 women's tennis player, as the WTA showed:

WTA @WTA

.@AngeliqueKerber is TWO wins away from World No.1! #CincyTennis https://t.co/vTqGSaFuXP

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In order to do so, she'll have to take down Simona Halep in the semifinals Saturday. Simona defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 6-1. The other women's semifinal will feature Karolina Pliskova against Garbine Muguruza.

Olympic men's singles gold medalist Andy Murray didn't have much trouble in the night's finale against Bernard Tomic, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. 

The Scotsman used his big serve to dominate the match, collecting 10 aces on the evening while winning 85 percent of his first-serve points.

While he used his power to set the tone, he wasn't afraid to use his finesse play, either, as Tennis TV showed:

Tennis TV @TennisTV

Watch! @andy_murray wraps up the first set with the most delicious of lobs. https://t.co/BmumqVcmrF #CincyTennis https://t.co/ep3yyRXFT9

Murray has been unstoppable as of late, winning 21 consecutive matches in a run that included his 600th career win during the round of 16.

On Saturday, Murray will face Canadian Milos Raonic, whom Murray beat in the final at Wimbledon earlier this year. Raonic defeated Dominic Thiem on Friday, 6-3, 6-4.

In the other men's semifinal, Marin Cilic will face Grigor Dmitrov.

             

Stats courtesy of ProTennisLive.com.

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