Halep turns back Barty to make Montreal final

12 August, 2018, 12:23 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Ashleigh Barty Montreal 2018

Stephens broke serve in the opening game and took a 4-0 lead before Svitolina found the range on her groundstrokes.

Sloane Stephens overpowered Elina Svitolina in straight sets Saturday to reach her first Rogers Cup final and set up a rematch of the French Open final against Simona Halep.

Barty had to bounce back quickly from a tough loss against World No.1 Simona Halep in singles earlier in the day, partnering with Schuurs for their semifinal.

The French Open champion showed no signs of fatigue following her marathon three-set win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Wednesday, running down balls to extend points and wear down the slower Garcia.

With the win Stephens advances to her second consecutive Rogers Cup semifinal after falling to Caroline Wozniacki past year.

The forehand of world number three Stephens proved too much for Svitolina to cope with in the WTA Premier 5 event in Montreal, where the American emerged a 6-3 6-3 victor in a contest that lasted one hour and 40 minutes and was tighter than the scoreline suggests.

The highly-anticipated decider will pit two defense-minded, speedy players against each other, with Halep holding a 6-2 head-to-head record over the American, including winning the last five straight.


Her latest win means she has claimed eight of her last nine matches on hard courts, though making her third final of the season appears daunting.

But Halep did not lose a point on her serve the rest of the set, and broke twice more to open the second set.

She then raced through the second set 6-1 with minimum fuss.

"When you're playing good matches in big tournaments like this, I don't think it's peaking too soon".

"I've been playing well, consistent and that's great", said Stephens.

The losing semifinalists each earned $126,450 US. "I had a quick turnaround between singles and doubles".

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