Halep rallies past Muguruza to reach third Italian Open final

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World number four Pliskova dominated 65th-ranked Anna Blinkova 6-4, 6-3 in their third round match.

After splitting the first two sets, Muguruza strung together a ground stroke victor, a volley victor and two unreturnable serves against Azarenka to go ahead 3-1.

The top-ranked Djokovic had said on Monday that he learned "a big lesson" after he was thrown out of the US Open for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball in a fit of anger.

In other men's results, Grigor Dimitrov ended Jannik Sinner's run in three sets to set up a quarterfinal clash with Denis Shapovalov, while fourth seed Matteo Berrettini also reached the last eight. In the second set, Hallep was forward 2-0.

Before this last-16 match it was revealed Konta had chose to end her trial spell with hard nosed Swede Thomas Hogstedt, which covered just six matches in NY.

"She's a strong opponent who can play quite an ugly game on clay", said former world number one Pliskova.

She won the Dubai title in February, before the coronavirus lockdown, coming back to claim victory in Prague last month having skipped the US Open.

Second seed Pliskova overcame Elise Mertens 6-3 3-6 6-0 as she continued to impress after initially struggling when the WTA Tour returned in August.

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This is the third time Halep has reached the final at the Italian capital city.

Top women's seed Simona Halep and defending champion Karolina Pliskova also eased into the quarter-finals, along with two-time Rome victor Elina Svitolina.

Pliskova, the second seed, beat fellow Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the final warm-up tournament on clay before the French Open.

"She's a very hard player and a good player", Halep said.

"It will interesting and nice to have some people in the stands".

Top seed Halep rallied from 3-0 down in the first set to see off Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in a 7-5, 6-4 victory that took one hour and 28 minutes.

When Halep, a past champion of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, was asked if winning Rome was an important goal, she said, "Now, it's the most important goal".

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