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Simona Halep defeats Caroline Garcia to reach Rogers Cup semi-final

After a shaky start, Simona Halep won three straight games to take the first set and dominated the second set behind pinpoint serving and stout defense.

tennis Updated: Aug 11, 2018 10:07 IST
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Simona Halep of Romania reacts after scoring a point against Caroline Garcia of France during day five of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 10, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (AFP)

Top seed Simona Halep sent Caroline Garcia packing for the second consecutive year at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Friday with a 7-5 6-1 win to set up a semi-final showdown with Ashleigh Barty on Saturday.

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.

After a shaky start Halep won three straight games to take the first set and dominated the second set behind pinpoint serving and stout defense.

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

The 15th-seeded Barty won 80 percent of her first serve points and broke Bertens four times as she cruised to victory.

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Saturday’s semi-final will mark the first career meeting between Halep and Barty.

American Sloane Stephens faced little resistance in her 6-2 6-2 win over Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in a match that took a little over an hour to complete.

With the win Stephens advances to her second consecutive Rogers Cup semi-final after falling to Caroline Wozniacki last year.

The 25-year-old U.S. Open champion will look to add her second hard court title of the year after she won the Miami Open in March.

But to do so she will have to get past defending champion Elina Svitolina after she dispatched Elise Mertens 7-5 6-3 on Friday.

The fifth-seeded Ukrainian fired five aces and won 71 percent of her first serve points to book her ticket to the semis.

First Published: Aug 11, 2018 10:07 IST