Simona Halep beats Ashleigh Barty in the Rogers Cup

Simona Halep
Simona Halep

World number one Simona Halep coasted into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-4 6-1 win over Ashleigh Barty.

The top seed, who claimed the Montreal title in 2016, won seven of the last eight games as she wrapped up a straightforward victory over the 22-year-old Australian in one hour and 11 minutes.

"I think I played smart tennis today," said Halep, who broke Barty twice in the opening five games of the first set.

"I just went all the way also on her forehand, short, cross, long, everything. I played some slices.

"I think the match was a very good level of tennis even if the rhythm was a little bit mixed."

Halep, quoted on the WTA website, added: "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 final at a big tournament."

In Saturday's second semi-final, defending champion Elina Svitolina, the number five seed, suffered a straight-sets defeat to reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens.

The number three seed progressed to her third final of 2018, which will be a re-match of her French Open clash with Halep in June.

Svitolina's shaky start saw her give away her first two serves as she was taken to 4-0 by Sloane.

The Ukrainian eventually locked on in the ninth game to take a break of her own, but the burst was short-lived and she again lost her serve and with it the set.

With a 6-3 lead, Stephens kept her opponent working, breaking in the fourth game of the second set to pad out a 3-1 advantage.

Down but not out, Svitolina battled through a 13-minute game in which she took her opponent to three break points, but failed to convert.

She eventually managed to break the American in the seventh, but Stephens replied with her own and ultimately closed out the match 6-3 6-3.

Related tennis links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

Frankie Dettori celebrates on Cracksman
1

QIPCO Champions Day blog recap

Re-live all the action on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot, as Cracksman roared back to his best under Frankie Dettori.

Frankie Dettori and Cracksman on their way to more Champion Stakes success2

Cracksman tears apart Champion field

Cracksman bounced back to his brilliant, dominating, best with a ruthless victory in a one-sided QIPCO British Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Ross Barkley scores a late equaliser for Chelsea against Manchester United3

Barkley salvages a point for Blues

A last-gasp Ross Barkley goal saw Chelsea salvage a 2-2 draw against Manchester United after an Anthony Martial double had put them on the brink of three points.

Oisin Murphy celebrates QEII success4

Lion roars to QEII success

Roaring Lion earned a Group One success over a mile for the first time as he successfully dropped in trip to win a thrilling Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot.

Luka Modric looking dejected for Real Madrid5

Real set record in latest loss

Real Madrid set a new unwanted record for time without scoring a goal as a shock home defeat to Levante piled more pressure on new coach Julen Lopetegui.

Most Read

Frankie Dettori celebrates on Cracksman
1

QIPCO Champions Day blog recap

Re-live all the action on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot, as Cracksman roared back to his best under Frankie Dettori.

Frankie Dettori and Cracksman on their way to more Champion Stakes success2

Cracksman tears apart Champion field

Cracksman bounced back to his brilliant, dominating, best with a ruthless victory in a one-sided QIPCO British Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Ross Barkley scores a late equaliser for Chelsea against Manchester United3

Barkley salvages a point for Blues

A last-gasp Ross Barkley goal saw Chelsea salvage a 2-2 draw against Manchester United after an Anthony Martial double had put them on the brink of three points.

Oisin Murphy celebrates QEII success4

Lion roars to QEII success

Roaring Lion earned a Group One success over a mile for the first time as he successfully dropped in trip to win a thrilling Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot.

Luka Modric looking dejected for Real Madrid5

Real set record in latest loss

Real Madrid set a new unwanted record for time without scoring a goal as a shock home defeat to Levante piled more pressure on new coach Julen Lopetegui.

Racing Tips

Today's Racing Tips

Sunday's racing preview

Keith Hamer previews Sunday's racing in the UK and Ireland with the nap and next best selections both coming on the National Hunt card at Kempton.

Nap Of The Day

Daily Nap: May day

Ben Linfoot landed a 5/1 winning Champions Day nap on Saturday and he's in the hotseat on Sunday as the Sporting Life Daily Nap runs at Naas.

The Breeders' Cup returns to Churchill Downs this year

Antepost Angle: Breeders' Cup

Matt Brocklebank takes an early look at the Breeders' Cup with a handful of recommended bets including West Coast in the Classic.

Next Race Off

18:28 Woodbine
1
(1)
Awesome Wok N Roll
J: Eurico Silva Da
8
(8)
Matthews' Orb
J: Gary Boulanger
5
(5)
Corduroy Road
J: Sheena Ryan

Football Tips

Our best bets for Everton v Crystal Palace

Everton to continue winning run?

Super Sunday's only game sees Everton take on Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. We have a best bet for the game.

Our best bets for this week's Monday Night Football

Arsenal to make it ten in a row?

Monday Night Football this week comes from the Emirates as Arsenal take on Leicester. We have 4/1 and 13/1 best bets.

Enable storms to victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in October 2018.