Halep Tops Stephens in Another Blockbuster in WTA Rogers Cup Final
by Staff | August 12th, 2018, 9:44 pm
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World No. 1 Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens are developing into the rivalry on the WTA tour.
After Halep squeaked-out a come-from-behind victory in the French Open final a couple months ago, the Romanian on Sunday in Montreal again proved her mettle, beating Stephens 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4 to win the Rogers Cup title.

“This week, it’s been an amazing effort,” said Halep after claiming her third title of the year. “It’s brutal, the effort for me. This week it was really tough.”

Stephens failed to close on any of four set points in the first set. In the third set Stephens fought back from 2-5 down before Halep was able to shut the door.

“I feel like, okay, I had a big holiday after French Open, but my game is still there, and also the desire to win, which makes me happy and makes me to relax more,” Halep said. “It’s not away. I will keep working. I will keep doing the same thing. Hopefully I will have many more.”

Stephens was dealt a mental blow in the third when she was broken after leading 40-love, with Halep going up 3-2 and winning the next two games. Halep eventually hit an ace on her fourth match point to clinch it.

Halep improved to 18-14 in career finals while Stephens dropped to 6-2 and 1-2 in 2018.

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One Comment for Halep Tops Stephens in Another Blockbuster in WTA Rogers Cup Final

RZ Says:

One of the commentators said on Twitter that this was Halep’s best win in terms of the quality of play of her opponent. I only saw the first set but it was really good tennis. Halep had an interesting interaction when she called for her couch (while leading). Cahill told her the tennis was outstanding and that she had to remember the score (i.e., she was ahead and didn’t need to get down on herself). Of course right after that, she was broken, before coming back to win the tiebreaker.

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