Thrilling her many fans in Montréal, Simona Halep of Romania reached the final of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.
It took the World No.1 just 70 minutes to dispose of Ashleigh Barty (15) of Australia in two sets (6-4, 6-1) and move into her third Canadian final. She played in the final in Toronto in 2015 and in the semifinal last year and has the 2016 Rogers Cup winner’s crown in her trophy case.
Against Barty, Simona Halep had moments of sheer brilliance. Accurate time and time again and moving better than ever, she ran her opponent—who just couldn’t keep up the hectic pace—all over the court.
After securing a two-break lead in the first set, Halep suffered a bit of a slump and lost her serve for the first and only time in the match. But a quick chat with coach Darren Cahill on the changeover got her back on track. So much so, in fact, that she returned to the court with confidence and determination.
The second set, however, was more of a one-sided affair.
Meeting Barty for the very first time in their careers, Halep posted a first-serve percentage of 84% and ended the battle on a fifth breakpoint with 68 points versus 49 for her opponent.