Halep turns back Barty to make Montreal final
World number one Simona Halep breezed into the Rogers Cup final with a 6-4 6-1 semi-final victory over Australian Ashleigh Barty in Montreal on Saturday.
Romanian Halep, the 2016 Rogers Cup champion, will meet the winner of the late semi-final between defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens for the title on Sunday.
Top-seeded Halep won four of the match's first five games and broke Barty twice before the 22-year-old Australian registered her first, and lone, break in the sixth game. She held serve for the remainder of the set.
The second set went much quicker with Halep winning seven of the last eight games.
The timing of the match, in the afternoon, had upset Halep after her Friday evening quarter-final win.
"I feel like today (Friday) I should have played the second match in the night, and also tomorrow (Saturday) at 6 (p.m.), not at 1.”
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