Simona Halep wins epic Rogers Cup final in Montreal

Arnold Nichols
August 15, 2018

Stephens, the world No. 3, has had a productive 2018, winning a hard-court title in Miami in March and making the French Open final, where the 25-year-old by beaten by Halep.

"I never played against her so I don't really know what to expect", said Halep.

A hold left her 4-2 up and she bagged another break in the seventh game to go 5-2 ahead when Stephens wearily duffed a straightforward volley into the net.

Rain forced Halep to play two matches Thursday and, again, she finished late in the evening.

"She was striking the ball and everything was going in for her". In 2013, she reached the doubles final of three grand slam tournaments with partner Casey Dellacqua. "I pushed her. on her backhand; then I could just receive a shorter ball, an easier ball for me to open the court", the world No. 1 was quoted as saying on the WTA's Web site.

Romanian Halep will now meet the victor of the late semi-final between defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens for the title on Sunday.

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

Halep moves on to the final four where she will face Aussie Ashleigh Barty, who ousted giantkiller Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

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

She closed out the hard-fought match with her third ace of the day.

"I thought I played well". I think US Open or not, if I do really great, if I do really bad, it really doesn't matter.

"I'm very happy to come through and get a little bit better during the match".

"I felt that I'm moving better, I'm playing better, stronger". She said to ask the WTA, who decide the schedule with input from the local promoter and the broadcasters.

With AP Photos.Top-ranked Simona Halep has advanced to the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. "It was really nice for me to go home".

Mertens broke immediately and superbly used her backhand to save a break back chance and extend her lead to 3-0 opening up the court for her second consecutive break.

Barty and Dutch partner Demi Schuurs also advanced to the doubles semis with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Aoyama Shiko and Lidziya Marozava.

Barty took a single break of serve in the first set, before breaking three times in the second and capitalising on her first match point.

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