Simona Halep powered into the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal
Last Updated: 12/08/18 1:00pm
Simona Halep powered into the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal where she will play US Open winner Sloane Stephens in the final.
The world No 1 was in control from the outset against a nervous-looking Australia's Ashleigh Barty, whose challenge was undone by a string of unforced errors.
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.
"I was very sore when I woke up," Halep said. "During the match, it's not easy to run so much. But, you know, I just tried to focus on what I have to play and, to make it a little bit easier, which I did in the end, was to finish it early.
"I think I played smart tennis today. I pushed her very back on her backhand, then I could just receive a shorter ball, an easier ball for me to open the court."
In the second semi-final, Sloane Stephens handed defending champion Elina Svitolina straight-sets defeat 6-3 6-3.
The No 3 seed progressed to her third final of 2018, which will be a re-match of her French Open clash with Halep in June.
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