Halep into Rogers Cup final after sweeping past Barty in straight sets

Barty glides into Canadian Open semi-final

In the semifinals, Barty will face the top seed and world No. 1 Simona Halep, the 2016 Rogers Cup victor who defeated sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-1 in one hour 28 minutes.

In a rematch of Simona Halep's French Open final victory, she overcame Sloane Stephens in a match that featured 15 service breaks.

The 2016 Rogers Cup champion won four of the match's first five games, and broke Barty twice before the 22-year-old Australian registered her first, and lone, break in the sixth game.

Bertens, who committed 31 unforced errors in the match, saw her run through the tournament end after upsetting No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and ninth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova earlier in the week.

Stephens added three more breaks to take the second set, but lost her serve to open the third.

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Saturday's semifinal will mark the first career meeting between Halep and Barty.

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina completed her performance in the tournament Rogers Cup, which he won past year. "I think this was the key".

'I think the match was a very good level of tennis even if the rhythm was a little bit mixed'. That proved costly as there are nearly no players more consistent from the baseline than Halep and when given time she has the tools to go on the attack, with her forehand her best shot in that regard.

"She was striking the ball and everything was going in for her". Whenever she has reached the last 4 this season, she managed to win the title.

"I love to play in Canada", she said. She's playing good tennis. The match completed with a confident victory of the American player in two sets - 3:6, 3:6. "Obviously, in a final, you hope for matches like that - super competitive, high energy".

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Stephens could now prepare more confidently the title defence in NY, as she said yesterday.

Reportedly, Svitolina became a victor of Rogers Cup.

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. But I feel great.

"Leading up to the U.S. Open, obviously a year ago it worked pretty well". The win is the second straight for Halep in Montreal, but it wasn't easy. But Stephens didn't quit, saving three match points to cut the lead to 5-4.

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