World No. 1 Simona Halep and in-form reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens will face off in the Rogers Cup Montreal final after straight-set wins on Saturday.
It will be a rematch of the French Open final won by Halep just months back.
Halep handled Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-1 in the first semifinal.
“It’s always nice to play here, as I always say, and I feel it,” the 2016 champion Halep said. “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 a final at a big tournament.”
Halep won four matches in under 48 hours this week after rain plagued the tournament early on.
“I was very sore when I woke up,” the Romanian said. “During the match it was not easy to run so much. But, you know, I just tried to focus on how I have to play, and tried to make it a little bit easier, which I did in the end.”
Stephens beat defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-3 and is in her first WTA Premier 5-level tournament.
“Once I get on a good run at a tournament, I’m pretty consistent, pretty solid,” Stephens said. “I just try to keep playing, keep competing, fight hard. Once you get to this point, the quarters, semis, finals of a tournament, everyone is good. You just have to compete hard, try to stay calm, and play your game as best you can…Overall I’m playing good. Good weather, good conditions, good court. We’re in North America. Food is good. Just pretty consistent overall.”
In their last match-up in the French Open finals Stephens led by a set and a break before losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
“We played a good match,” she said. “I played very well for a set and a half. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll play very well for two sets, and just try to play as well as I can. Obviously I’m playing good tennis. She’s playing good tennis. You work very hard to get here to this point, so just going to about competing really hard tomorrow and give it my all. Whatever happens, happens.”
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