Eight weeks after playing a thrilling final in Paris, top seed Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens are still living la vie en rose, only this time the pair find themselves across the Atlantic in Québec, contesting for the Coupe Rogers crown on Sunday.
“It’s always nice to play here, as I always say, and I feel it,” Halep said after beating Ashleigh Barty, 6-4, 6-1 in the first semi-final. “It is probably going to be a similar match to the 2016 final if Stephens wins, wtatennis.com informs.
“I just want to give my best tomorrow and to enjoy the final because it’s a great thing after a long break to play a final at a big tournament.”
Champion two years ago over Madison Keys, Halep rides a nine-match Montréal winning streak into tomorrow’s final – and isn’t too shabby in Toronto, where she finished runner-up in 2015 and reached the semis last summer.
This week’s run came together in no time at all after a rain-impacted forced her to earn all four wins in under 48 hour. After a three-hour epic against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Halep halted Venus Williams, Caroline Garcia, and needed 70 minutes to dismiss the young Aussie on Saturday.
“I think you saw that I had no problems, but I did have some problems,” she laughed. “I was very sore when I woke up. During the match it was not easy to run so much. But, you know, I just tried to focus on how I have to play, and tried to make it a little bit easier, which I did in the end.”
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