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Wta Montreal: Elina Svitolina awaits Sloane Stephens in the semis

Sloane Stephens reaches Rogers Cup semifinals Barty glides into Canadian Open semi-final
Cassandra Gardner | 15 August, 2018, 08:54

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep, the current leader of the WTA ranking of the best women's tennis players in the world, managed to win the Rogers Cup title once again after a tight final against American player Sloane Stephens in Montreal on Sunday evening, August 12.

After a shaky start, the French Open champion won three straight games to take the first set and dominated the second set behind pinpoint serving and stout defence.

Stephens ousted error-prone 2017 champ Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-3 in a semifinal on Saturday while Halep cruised past Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-1.

Sloane Stephens continued her strong run through the field at the Rogers Cup in Montreal by defeating Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-2 on Friday to book a spot in the semifinals. Halap broke twice more to open the second set and completed the victory over the Australian in 71 minutes.

"I always believed I could play on every surface" she had said after her title-run in Bucharest.

Stephens' baseline game proved too much for 28-year-old Seavastova, who lost on her serve in the opening game of both sets and was never able to catch up.

Halep had two further chances to claim the victory Stephens' serve, only for the American to produce further impressive resistance to hold. She's playing good tennis.

US Open victor Stephens will go against Halep on Sunday, having only beaten the Romanian twice in their previous eight meetings.

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Halep complained Friday about playing the first semifinal day after two straight night matches. "I made semis back to back, then ended up winning the U.S. Open, so I don't really think there's such a thing".

"I had just over two weeks of no tennis, actually, which is really nice. I'm happy to be back in North America and playing on hard courts, and I'm hoping for some more good results", Stephens said.

"I'm very happy to come through and get a little bit better during the match". In 2013, she reached the doubles final of three grand slam tournaments with partner Casey Dellacqua.

"Then I just went all the way on her forehand - short, cross, long, everything".

Stephens went up on two Halep double faults, but the Romanian stormed back to take the set. "I played some really tough players". "I will go and just stay in the bed, eating everything". "I'll be very late again".

Halep took the $519,480 United States winner's prize while Stephens won $252,425.

"I feel like my return is growing up, I have more confidence", added Halep.

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