Simona Halep powered into the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal

Ashleigh Barty Montreal 2018

Ashleigh Barty Montreal 2018

It's obviously upsetting that I didn't win, but I think I got better than the last final we played.

"I think the match was a very good level of tennis even if the rhythm was a little bit mixed".

The world's top-ranked player defeated third-seeded Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4 in a see-saw battle that featured 15 service breaks - eight for Stephens, seven for Halep - at a steaming hot IGA Stadium on Sunday.

She eventually managed to break the American in the seventh, but Stephens replied with her own and ultimately closed out the match 6-3 6-3.

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.

Next up for Halep is Australian Barty, who strolled to a 6-3 6-1 win over Kiki Bertens in their quarterfinal match earlier in the day.

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With the win Stephens advances to her second consecutive Rogers Cup semifinal after falling to Caroline Wozniacki previous year.

"I thought I played well, I thought she played well", said Stephens. "I hope in the future it's going to be better".

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. She seems to have acquired this virtue in her favor from her first round match with Magdalena Rybarikova when she was down a set and crawled back point by point to win two straight sets and win the match.

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.

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

Halep, quoted on the WTA website, added: "I just want to give my best tomorrow and to enjoy the final because it's a great thing after a long break to play final at a big tournament". I got better than the last final we played.

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