Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has won the women’s Rogers Cup for a second time.
The world’s top-ranked player defeated third-seeded Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4 in a see-saw battle that featured 15 service breaks at IGA Stadium on Sunday.
Halep also won when the event was last held in Montreal in 2016.
It was a repeat of this year’s French Open final in which Halep beat Stephens in three sets. Halep has won her last six meetings with the 25-year-old American. Stephens, the reigning U.S. Open champion, is now 0-8 in matches against No. 1-ranked players.
Halep took the USD 519,480 winners prize while Stephens won USD 252,425.
A large group of Romanian supporters waving tricolor flags chanted Halep’s name between points.
“I just didn’t give up during the tournament, I fought until the end,” said Halep.