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Pliskova wins twice to reach semis, secure No. 1 spot

Pliskova wins twice to reach semis, secure No. 1 spot

Kyrgios, ranked 23rd, outlasted Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3. "Very happy with this win".

"I was very surprised because you always hear what happened in Paris and in London, and you're, like, 'Shit.' But now, I've been so many times to this place, it's like my home". "I had it on my mind", Muguruza said. But five matches were pushed to Friday, when double duty could come for Nadal, the 15-time Grand Slam champion assured of returning to world number one next week.

No 7 Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed left in a men's field depleted by upsets and injuries - Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic missed the tournament because of injuries.

The 31-year-old Spaniard could meet Australian Nick Kyrgios in Friday's quarter-finals.

After rain washed out play on Thursday, Pliskova resumed her last-16 clash with Giorgi and triumphed 6-3 4-6 6-0. If Pliskova loses, Halep could become next week's World No. 1 by beating Konta.

The Austrian, Dominic Thiem has defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), while the American Jared Donaldson was the best 6-4, 7-6 (4) against the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili. David Ferrer, who also advanced to the quarter-finals, tweeted after his match: "All my solidarity with the people affected in the attack of Barcelona".

Pliskova, last year's US Open runner-up, sought her fourth title of the year after Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne.

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"Obviously, I didn't know my opponent, so I don't think it was the best match", she said.

2017 has been another decent year for Halep and she appears to be shaping up well ahead of the final Grand Slam event, the US Open.

Makarova won the first set 6-4 despite a late wobble which nearly saw Kerber close a three-game deficit, but the German produced the ideal reply when she strolled to seal the second set 6-1 having been dominant throughout the rallies. She wasted another match point before Muguruza took it to the tiebreaker and dominated.

Muguruza won when Pliskova sailed a forehand long on the fifth match point. I knew she could stay there.

"I'm used to putting so many things aside to be able to compete". Muguruza has a last-eight date with eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Romania's Halep could dethrone Pliskova from the top spot this week, but Ukraine's fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina lost her chance at No. 1 when she was beaten by Germany's Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-4 in a third-round match.