Barty glides into Canadian Open semi-final

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Stephens hit 18 winners, served at 75 per cent throughout and converted five of nine break points to reach back-to-back Rogers Cup semis.

"She's the world number one for a reason but I'm just going to go out there and try to get her". But Stephens has had some fine moments herself and showed previous year that she unquestionably has a NY state of mind. Instead, she played the first evening quarterfinal and now has the early semifinal.

"She was striking the ball and everything was going in for her". Obviously, to make a final of another tournament is incredible. I think she's a complex player.

Stephens responded brilliantly in the second set however, breaking Halep twice in the first three games before advancing into a 5-3 lead.

It was a repeat of this year's French Open final in which Halep beat Stephens in three sets, but she said this one was even better. "It's maybe the best place because so many people are so nice with me".

The night before, Halep blasted the Women's Tennis Association for giving her hard match times, saying she got the worst schedule in the 56-player event and that "this happens nearly every tournament".

"Yeah, I broke her to start the match, but then I lost the serve, so I was a little bit upset about that", said Halep. I played some slices. I think US Open or not, if I do really great, if I do really bad, it really doesn't matter. "Yeah, it's disappointing, but I think this will help me moving forward, getting ready to go into [Cincinnati] and the US Open". "I feel like I've done that pretty well this year", she said.

Unable to defende her serve in the next game, she became more aggressive and broke the Belgian as she aimed to serve out the set at 5-4.

Aug 11, 2018; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Simona Halep of Romania (right) and Ashleigh Barty of Australia (left) congratulate each other after their match during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Stade IGA.

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 a year ago. "I've been playing well and it's a good start here to the US Open Series", Stephens said on-court after the match.

Mertens broke immediately and superbly used her backhand to save a break back chance and extend her lead to 3-0 opening up the court for her second consecutive break.

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