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Pliskova sweeps into Cincinnati semis
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MASON, Ohio (AP) — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova pulled off a doubleheader sweep Friday at the Western & Southern Open, reaching the semifinals by winning a pair of matches with little rest in-between. Rafael Nadal couldn’t do the same.
Pliskova completed a match that was suspended overnight because of rain, beating qualifier Camila Giorgi in three sets. After a quick turnaround, she needed only 67 minutes to beat a rested Caroline Wozniacki for a sweep into the semis.
Nadal, who will move up to No. 1 in the ATP rankings next week, got only halfway there. He beat fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas during the afternoon in his match postponed from the previous night. Five hours later, he took the court again and lost to Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 7-5.