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Halep, Stephens advance to Rogers Cup final

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Cary Erickson | 13 August, 2018, 04:05

"Both matches were insane good", said Halep.

A tired Simona Halep, upset over how her matches are scheduled, beat Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final Rogers Cup final. Garcia's focus and strategies had fallen and it wasn't long before Halep showed her no. 1 status leading to her quarterfinal win over Garcia of 7-5, 6-1.

"Every time I play her, she makes me a better player, she makes me raise my level".

Halep let off steam at the Women's Tennis Association after her quarterfinal Friday for giving her a hard schedule on a week in which she played twice on the one day due to a rain delay.

Romanian Halep, who had beaten Stephens in Paris in June, claimed her second Montreal title in three years and third for the 2018 season.

"It's an awesome feeling to be able to talk again at this ceremony as a victor", Halep said. I played some slices. However, there were just as many pulling for Stephens in a match of two players who don't overpower with their serve but hammer groundstrokes down the lines.

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With a 6-3 lead, Stephens kept her opponent working, breaking in the fourth game of the second set to pad out a 3-1 advantage. She seems to have acquired this virtue in her favor from her first round match with Magdalena Rybarikova when she was down a set and crawled back point by point to win two straight sets and win the match.

The second set went much quicker with Halep winning seven of the last eight games.

Halep, quoted on the WTA website, added: "I just want to give my best tomorrow and to enjoy the final because it's a great thing after a long break to play final at a big tournament".

The world No.16 broke Berten's serve fours times and never faced a break point to book her first-ever semi-finals appearance in Canada.

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 a year ago.