Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Romania’s Simona Halep wins Montreal title after tight final against Sloane Stephens

Romania’s Simona Halep wins Montreal title after tight final against Sloane Stephens

Romanian Halep, who had beaten Stephens in Paris in June, claimed her second Montreal title in three years and third for the 2018 season.

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

US Open victor Stephens will go against Halep on Sunday, having only beaten the Romanian twice in their previous eight meetings.

"Obviously I'm sad I lost, but losing to the number one player isn't too bad". "Then in the second set when I broke, I just said I have to hold my serve, which I did". Instead, she played the first evening quarterfinal and now has the early semifinal.

"I was really exhausted". So, just going to compete really hard and give it my all.

Spaniard Carolina Garcia, the No.6 seed, was combative in the first set before Halep secured a crucial break to win the opener 7-5.

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Sloane Stephens of the United States serves against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia (not pictured) in the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Stade IGA. Halep has had a largely excellent season, highlighted by her French Open victory, and will consider herself amongst the favourites in NY.

"Every time I play her, she makes me a better player, she makes me raise my level".

Halep complained Friday about playing the first semifinal day after two straight night matches.

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

"I felt that I'm moving better, I'm playing better, stronger. And I'm very upset about this". "But doesn't change my performance on court". Halep thus reached 18 career titles.

Far from being disheartened by the loss, Barty quickly put the result behind her and took the positives from a solid week of tennis - a fortnight out from the year's final grand slam event.

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That Barty has climbed back into the WTA's top 20 is impressive considering that she set tennis aside just as she was first making her mark to play in a women's pro cricket league in 2015.

Stephens went up on two Halep double faults, but the Romanian stormed back to take the set.

Stephens to play with the number one player of the world Simona Halep. "I made semis back to back, then ended up winning the U.S. Open, so I don't really think there's such a thing". The first year, I think it was 2016, I struggled with injuries, getting my body right, actually being able to go out and play matches. "I played some slices".

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".

Ukraine fifth seed Svitolina survived to beat Mertens 7-5 6-3 on Friday.

"I'm disappointed with my singles".

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