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Simona Halep wins Rogers Cup title for the second time after defeating Sloane Stephens

Simona Halep wins Rogers Cup title for the second time after defeating Sloane Stephens

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.

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