Halep defeats Garcia to reach semifinal in Montreal

Sloane Stephens Simona Halep Coupe Rogers Montréal

A nervy world No.18 committed 31 unforced errors in blustery conditions as Barty broke Berten's serve four times.

The 26-year-old also won when the event was last held in Montreal in 2016.

World number one Simona Halep turned back American Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-4 to win the Rogers Cup women's title in a rematch of their French Open finale in Montreal on Sunday.

"I feel like today (Friday) I should have played second match in the night, and also tomorrow (Saturday) at 6 (p.m.), not at 1".

"I'm very happy to come through and get a little bit better during the match".

But she then cruised to a two-set victory over Ashleigh Barty in the semifinals and then outlasted Stephens in a thriller that lasted two hours 41 minutes.

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The timing of the match, in the afternoon, had upset Halep after her Friday evening quarter-final win. A year ago, the American was playing Toronto ranked No.934 in the world, and another runner-up finish to the world's top ranked player kicks off her US Open title defense in encouraging fashion.

"It's an fantastic feeling to be able to talk again at this ceremony as a victor", Halep said.

But this was going Halep's way as she lead 6-5 and not for long won the first set 7-5. Sharapova had a lot of spunk and great rallies for her French opponent and she combined some good tactics, to lead in the first set 2-all but the Frenchwoman played a patient game and soon leveled the score to 3-all.

Stephens went up on two Halep double faults, but the Romanian stormed back to take the set. Stephens fought off three match points for one last service break before Halep closed out.

Halep broke the third-seeded Stephens with a crosscourt victor to take a 5-4 lead and serve for the set.

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.

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