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'She makes me play better and better' - Halep lauds rivalry with Stephens

13 August, 2018, 04:05 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Sloane Stephens reaches Rogers Cup semifinals

"I think I played smart tennis today", Halep said.

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

Romanian Halep will now meet the victor of the late semi-final between defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens for the title on Sunday.

Halep has won her last six meetings with the 25-year-old American.

Barty will play the Romanian for the first time after dispatching Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-1 in less than an hour to extend her flawless record over the Dutchwoman to two matches.

The fluidness and lovely shot making Garcia showed in the Sharapova match was almost invisible when she played the no. 1 Simona Halep. there was a gleamer of brilliant strategies at the beginning of the match when Garcia went up 3-2 and the commentator even remarked that "You can begin to feel that the Garcia momentum is building".

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The Frenchwoman might have thought she was at a practice session with her team as she took on Maria Sharapova at the Rogers Cup third round, playing a feisty game with smooth, basic strategies to win over the Russian 6-3, 6-2.

It was a repeat of this year's French Open final in which Halep beat Stephens in three sets, but she said this one was even better.

"It's an awesome feeling to be able to talk again at this ceremony as a victor", Halep said. "Yeah, it's disappointing, but I think this will help me moving forward, getting ready to go into (Cincinnati) and the U.S. Open". But the American broke Halep with a forehand victor and held two set points on the Romanian's serve at 6-5. However, there were just as many pulling for Stephens in a match of two players who don't overpower with their serves but hammer groundstrokes down the lines. The American then wasted two set points as Halep forced a tiebreaker.

But this was going Halep's way as she lead 6-5 and not for long won the first set 7-5.

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.

She broke back for 2-2, but then suffered a letdown as Halep broke service twice more to take the lead. Stephens fought off three match points for one final service break before Halep closed it out. "It's maybe the best place because so many people are so nice with me".

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