Simona Halep easily advances to Rogers Cup final in Montreal

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But Stephens, the reigning U.S. Open champion and third seed, has not dropped a set in four matches this week and looks poised to give the world's top-ranked player a battle when they meet on Sunday on centre court at IGA Stadium.

Ashleigh Barty faces an ominous task to reach the Canadian Open final for the first time after world No.1 Simona Halep also breezed into the semi-finals in Montreal. "It's just getting confidence and playing good tennis", Stephens said. Svitolina won the Rogers Cup previous year when it was held in Toronto.

Barty was the more composed player in hard, windy conditions as Bertens, who had seen off ninth seed Karolina Pliskova and eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in her previous two matches, was undone by 31 unforced errors in the 55-minute quarter-final.

"I was very sore when I woke up, " Halep said.

The first Australian woman to reach the semifinals at the Rogers Cup since Samantha Stosur finished runner-up to Serena Williams seven years ago, broke back but struggled to apply the gameplan consistently.

The second set was a one way traffic as the 2016 champion came back to the final in Montreal in her sixth appearance in the tournament.

Halep played four matches in three days after a night session was postponed because of rain.

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"I think it's a little bit of a double-edged sword, sometimes a Catch-22" she said.

Svitolina rallied briefly to get back to 5-3 but then handed Stephens another break and the first set when she sent a forehand wide. Halap broke twice more to open the second set and completed the victory over the Australian in 71 minutes.

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

The American baseliner broke again for 3-1 in the second set and closed it out in 1:38. "I played some really tough players. Obviously happy with my performance today".

"I'm disappointed with my singles".

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

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