Makarova upsets No. 3 seed Kerber in Cincinnati

Makarova upsets No. 3 seed Kerber in Cincinnati

Makarova upsets No. 3 seed Kerber in Cincinnati

In other matches, Ferrer upset Austria's eighth-ranked Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-3 while Isner fired 25 aces to beat American wildcard Jared Donaldson 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 and Dimitrov downed Japan's Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-1.

He spent an hour and 37 minutes on court in the afternoon while beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a match carried over from the previous night.

It should be noted that the Spanish maestro was already assured of the numero-uno position for the first time since July 2014 when 19-time Grand Slam victor Roger Federer made a decision to miss the last major US Open tune-up with a back injury.

Romania's second-ranked Simona Halep could dethrone Pliskova from the top spot this week, but Ukraine's fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina lost her chance at number one when she was beaten by Germany's Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-4 in a third-round match.

"I don't think I played my best tennis today", Pliskova said.

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Angelique Kerber of Germany missed out on the chance to move to the summit of the world rankings as she lost 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 to Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation. "Because I felt like we both played very well".

"It feels really good, to play Venus on such a big stage is a privilege for me and to play as well as I did, I'm really excited", Barty, the world No. 48, told the WTA website.

The Czech first defeated Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3 4-6 6-0 in a match postponed by a day because of rain.

"To be No. 1 after all the things I've been going through the last couple years is something unbelievable", Nadal said. It showed against Tiafoe, who was more aggressive as the match went along.

In the WTA event, Sania Mizra and Shuai Peng have reached the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-7 (1) [10-3] win over Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru.

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"You know, I'm happy with the way I'm playing and the way I'm going through these tough matches because, you know, I've got to dig in and somehow win them", she said. "I'm ready to get dinner and get to bed because I'm so exhausted". I could move well.

Muguruza won when Pliskova sailed a forehand long on the fifth match point.

"The day is just like a blur", Stephens said.

The 32-year-old Russian, a two-time Grand Slam champion, eliminated Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-4. "I battled back and I'm glad things went my way".

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