Roland Garros champion and world No. 1 Simona Halep, looking to reinstitute her dominance during the US Open Series hardcourt events, on Friday defeated No. 6 Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-1 to move into the semifinals at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
It was the fourth straight semifinals at the Rogers Cup for the Romanian.
Halep had 19 winners to 12 unforced errors, while Garcia imploded with 31 unforced errors over 19 games.
The 2016 Rogers Cup champion will in the semifinals meet No. 15 seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia, who beat Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2.
“It was really tricky conditions…and we were both struggling a little,” Barty said of her win. “I’m very happy to come through and get a little bit better during the match.”
Reigning US Open champion and No. 3 seed Sloane Stephens moved into the semis after dismantling Anastajsa Sevastova 6-2, 6-2.
“I’ve been playing well and it’s a good start here to the US Open Series,” said Stephens who had 18 winners. “I’m happy to be back in North America and playing on hard courts, and I’m hoping for some more good results. I’ve gotten through some tough moments, had some mental lapses, but I recovered well. I’m happy to be playing good tennis and get better throughout the tournament. I hope every year that I come back here, I can continue to do well.”
Stephens in her Saturday semifinal will meet the winner of the Friday late-night match, No. 5 Elina Svitolina who beat No. 14 Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-3.
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