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Halep beats Stephens in Montreal in repeat of French Open win

Halep beats Stephens in Montreal in repeat of French Open win

"It's an fantastic feeling to be able to talk again at this ceremony as a victor", Halep said. Garcia's focus and strategies had fallen and it wasn't long before Halep showed her no. 1 status leading to her quarterfinal win over Garcia of 7-5, 6-1. Stephens, preparing for her US Open title defense, is 0-8 against No. 1-ranked players.

"The Frenchwoman now will probably head to Cincinnati but she's said it well at Montreal's pre-tournament interview ".Now I just want to play matches and improve on the court.I haven't reached my goals so far and I want to be better". She won the last time it was in Montreal in 2016.

With the win Stephens advances to her second consecutive Rogers Cup semifinal after falling to Caroline Wozniacki previous year.

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

"There's nothing more than you could hope for in a final. Just going to kind of take it all in, realize I did a good job this week, and I can be proud of myself for that".

"I think I played smart tennis today", Halep said.

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

Halep fended off four set points to claim a back-and-forth first set in a tiebreak after storming to a 4-1 lead before U.S. Open champion Stephens fought back to level.

A large Romanian contingent waving red and yellow flags chanted Halep's name between points. She seems to have acquired this virtue in her favor from her first round match with Magdalena Rybarikova when she was down a set and crawled back point by point to win two straight sets and win the match. The Ukrainian eventually locked on in the ninth game to take a break of her own, but the burst was short-lived and she again lost her serve and with it the set.

Stephens led throughout the second set, breaking Halep twice, but the Romanian took control of the third set, turning a break into a 5-2 advantage.

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.