Simona Halep easily advances to Rogers Cup final in Montreal

Sloane Stephens Montreal 2018

Sloane Stephens Montreal 2018

Barty, the world No. 16, has eclipsed her previous best at the tournament, a place in the last 16 when it was held in Toronto past year.

Halep will play for the title Sunday against the victor of the semifinal between third-seeded Sloane Stephens and fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina.

Sloane Stephens set up a rematch of the French Open final with Halep after she eased past defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3. "It's just getting confidence and playing good tennis", Stephens said. "I played very well for a set and a half". She's playing good tennis. Making the finals here is incredible.

The 25-year-old from Florida then overcame a wobble in the fifth game, double-faulting three times before eventually holding for a 4-1 lead and closing out the set. I'm really pleased with that. Svitolina won the Rogers Cup past year when it was held in Toronto.

Halep's scheduling dispute with tournament organizers looked to have no effect on her play on the court. "During the match, it's not easy to run so much".

"I think I talked enough about it", she said. I was upset. I am upset.

Halep has reached the Rogers Cup final for the third time in four years.

French Open champion Halep remained on track to reclaim the tournament she last won two years ago with a convincing 6-4 6-1 success.

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The Romanian showed her class as she broke Barty's serve in the opening game with an impressive series of forehands down the lines.

But once again Halep's experience came to the fore and she fought back to deuce and saved another break point before holding for 4-0.

An error-prone Barty was undone by a patient Halep, who employed a strategy based on making a high percentage of first serves and controlling the rallies. Halap broke twice more to open the second set and completed the victory over the Australian in 71 minutes.

"I'm very happy to come through and get a little bit better during the match". "She's the world No1 for a reason but I'm just going to go out there and try to get her". "I played some slices".

Barty grabbed a consolation break of serve to make it 4-2, but was unable to claw back another break as Halep took the first set 6-4.

The second set was a similar story, with Stephens going 3-1 up after an early break.

The losing semifinalists each earned $126,450 US.

Ashleigh Barty and Demi Schuurs are through to their second final together as a pair, seeing off the No.7 seeds Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke in straight sets at the Coupe Rogers. "I had a quick turnaround between singles and doubles".

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