Halep beats Stephens to win in Montreal

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

Top-ranked Simona Halep outlasted third-ranked Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4 on Sunday to win her second Rogers Cup title.

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.

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".

Her latest win means she has claimed eight of her last nine matches on hard courts, though making her third final of the season appears daunting. I thought she played well.

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Halep took the US$519,480 winner's prize while Stephens won $252,425. However, there were just as many pulling for Stephens in a match of two players who don't overpower with their serve but hammer groundstrokes down the lines. The American then wasted two set points as Halep forced a tiebreaker.

The French Open champion showed no signs of fatigue following her marathon three-set win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Wednesday, running down balls to extend points and wear down the slower Garcia. It was the first set Stephens lost all week.

Australian No.1 Ashleigh Barty is just one match away from a maiden Canadian Open finals appearance after defeating Belgian Kiki Bertens in straight sets. The Ukrainian eventually locked on in the ninth game to take a break of her own, but the burst was short-lived and she again lost her serve and with it 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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