Barty glides into Canadian Open semi-final

Sloane Stephens reaches Rogers Cup semifinals

"I'm very happy to come through and get a little bit better during the match".

The world No.16 broke Berten's serve fours times and never faced a break point to book her first-ever semi-finals appearance in Canada.

The next three games went with serve to leave Halep 3-1 up and the 26-year-old then bagged her second break in the fifth game when another Barty error let Halep off the hook to take the game to deuce.

Halap complained Friday about playing the first semifinal day after two straight night matches.

Stephens defeated defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3 in the afternoon session, breaking her five times to reach the final without having dropped a set through the tournament. "It's just getting confidence and playing good tennis", Stephens said. Obviously, to make a final of another tournament is incredible.

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She had an opportunity to hold serve on a game point that would have made it 4-5, but Stephens survived that and then asserted herself with a piercing backhand down the line to bring up another break point, Svitolina later dragging a backhand rally ball wide to succumb. "I played some slices".

"Then I just went all the way on her forehand - short, cross, long, everything".

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. The Ukrainian even got a service break to close the gap to 5-3, but Stephens broke right back to take the set.

She then raced through the second set 6-1 with minimum fuss. "I played some really tough players". "I had a quick turnaround between singles and doubles. In the same breath, I had a commitment to my partner, to Demi, to my team, to myself, to go out there and try my very best in the doubles pretty soon after, which is a good thing", said Barty.

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