Halep gains Wimbledon revenge on Konta

Simona Halep gained a measure of revenge on Johanna Konta by moving into the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters on Friday.

The pair were involved in a two-and-a-half hour thriller at Wimbledon this summer which Konta won in three sets, which prevented Halep from becoming world number one.

But the Romanian player prevailed in their quarter-final meeting in Cincinnati, with the number two seed winning 6-4, 7-6 to set up a semi-final encounter against Sloane Stephens.

The American also went through in straight sets after a 6-1, 7-6 win over Julia Gorges.

In the other semi-final, defending champion Karolina Pliskova will face Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugaruza after both faced marathon Fridays.

Pliskova got past qualifier Camila Giorgi in three sets in a rain-affected last 16 tie, before returning to the court to beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4.

“The first match helped me a little bit to have some rallies already today,” Pliskova said.

“Physically it was not that tough, so I was warmed up enough.”

Mugaruza, meanwhile, survived a two hour, 45 minutes epic against Svetlana Kuznetsova, before eventually winning 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.

“I think it was one of the best matches of the year,” Muguruza said.