Barty glides into Canadian Open semi-final

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I feel like these tournaments, at this level, you have to have one day off between the matches. "This week it was really tough".

The fluidness and handsome shot making Garcia showed in the Sharapova match was almost invisible when she played the no. 1 Simona Halep. there was a gleamer of brilliant strategies at the beginning of the match when Garcia went up 3-2 and the commentator even remarked that "You can begin to feel that the Garcia momentum is building".

Barty will play the Romanian for the first time after dispatching Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-1 in less than an hour to extend her ideal record over the Dutchwoman to two matches.

She then raced through the second set 6-1 with minimum fuss.

Romanian Halep, who had beaten Stephens in Paris in June, claimed her second Montreal title in three years and third for the 2018 season.

"I'm very happy to come through and get a little bit better during the match": Ashleigh Barty. "She makes me play better and better every time we meet each other". I think she's a complex player.

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.

She gave Halep a stiff challenge.

"Obviously I'm sad I lost, but losing to the number one player isn't too bad".

"I think I played smart tennis today", said Halep, who broke Barty twice in the opening five games of the first set. "I hope in the future it's going to be better".

Halep took the US$519,480 winner's prize while Stephens won $252,425.

A large Romanian contingent waving red and yellow flags chanted Halep's name between points. The American then wasted two set points as Halep forced a tiebreaker. It was the first set Stephens lost all week.

After a shaky start, the French Open champion won three straight games to take the first set and dominated the second set behind pinpoint serving and stout defence. Stephens fought off three match points for one final service break before Halep closed it out.

"I hit some dropshots, which I don't normally do, because I was too exhausted", said Halep, who has reached at least the semifinals in four straight Rogers Cups.

Barty, the world No. 16, has eclipsed her previous best at the tournament, a place in the last 16 when it was held in Toronto past year. "It's maybe the best place because so many people are so nice with me".

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