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The fans at the Western and Southern Open witnessed a thriller being played in the second round as former world number one Angelique Kerber seemed to have found her best tennis once again, but the unseeded in-form player Ekaterina Makarova was just too strong for the third seed as she saved a match point to triumph in this drama-filled entertaining match.

Top-ranked Czech defending champion Karolina Pliskova defeated Russian lucky loser Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-2, 6-3, dropping Dane Caroline Wozniacki from the list of rivals who can overtake her for world number one this week.

The men's final will feature two first-timers.

It was a marathon but Kerber could not go distance, beaten 6-4 1-6 7-6 (13-11).

Nick Kyrgios has danced into the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals after winning his rain-delayed match against Ivo Karlovic 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Stephens in the semis will face No. 2 Simona Halep, who turned back No. 7 Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-6 (1). A part of me is today with you.

Seven-time grand slam victor Williams, who lost the Australian Open final to sister Serena in January, fought back after losing the opening set to take the second but ultimately went down 6-3 2-6 6-2.

Venus Williams' resurgent summer hit a bump when she was knocked out by a qualifier.

The sixth-ranked Spaniard reached her first United States event final by flipping the script in a rematch of their 2016 Cincinnati semi-final. "But now, I have been so many times to this place, it's like my home. Everything went my way".

"She's a genuine champion of the game and paved the way for us young players coming through".

Ukraine's fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina lost her chance at No. 1 when she fell 7-5, 6-4 to Germany's Julia Gorges, who then lost to Stephens 6-1, 7-6 (7-3). The straight-sets win was her second in two matches, but it hadn't been as easy as it looked, she said.

"It feels really good, I'm having a great hard court season so far and loving the conditions here". Everything is okay, but, you know, I don't know.

"I think she played very solid, not missing much and obviously serving well". Firstly, she got herself onto the scoreboard before saving two game points to break back out of nowhere, leveling the scores at 2-2.

Muguruza took charge early, breaking Pliskova in the first and last games of the first set.

Stephens is playing in only her fourth event since returning from a foot injury that required surgery in January.

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