Halep, Stephens set up rematch of French Open final

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

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

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.

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.

The night before, Halep blasted the Women's Tennis Association for giving her hard match times, saying she got the worst schedule in the 56-player event and that "this happens nearly every tournament".

"We played a good match", Stephens said of their showdown at Roland Garros.

French Open champion Halep remained on track to reclaim the tournament she last won two years ago with a convincing 6-4 6-1 success. "I pushed her very back on her backhand, then I could just receive a shorter ball, an easier ball for me to open the court".

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Open victor Sloane Stephens for the title on Sunday. "We played a good match", Stephens said of their showdown at Roland Garros. The Romanian broke Barty in the opening game and broke again for a 4-1 lead en route to taking the first set.

"She's the world number one for a reason but I'm just going to go out there and try to get her". "I played some slices".

Svitolina rallied briefly to get back to 5-3 but then handed Stephens another break and the first set when she sent a forehand wide.

Barty grabbed a consolation break of serve to make it 4-2, but was unable to claw back another break as Halep took the first set 6-4.

She then raced through the second set 6-1 with minimum fuss. "Obviously happy with my performance today".

Barty made up for her singles loss with a semifinal win in doubles, teaming with Demi Schuurs to beat Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke 7-5, 6-3. "I had a quick turnaround between singles and doubles".

"I was pretty close (to winning) the last time so I'm just going to go out there and play hard", Stephens said.

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