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Top-ranked Halep loses to Pliskova in Madrid quarterfinals

Germany Tennis Stuttgart

Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova celebrates the win of a point during her final match against Coco Vandeweghe from the U.S. at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

AP

MADRID - Top-ranked Simona Halep lost to Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

Halep was the two-time defending champion and on a 15-match winning streak at the clay-court tournament.

But Pliskova gave the Romanian no chance, breaking her serve four times and hitting 20 winners.

“This was one of my best matches of the year,” the sixth-seeded Pliskova said. “I feel amazing since in the last six matches I lost to her. I never thought I would beat her. My serve was great and everything went my way.”

Pliskova won her 10th career title in April, when the Czech was victorious on clay in Stuttgart.