World No.3 Sloane Stephens of the US lived up to her reputation and sailed into the semifinals of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.
On Friday afternoon, she was imperial as she easily disposed of No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in two swift sets (6-2, 6-2) in just 69 minutes.
The players’ two prior battles had two different endings. Last year at the US Open, Stephens fought until the third-set tiebreaker to win. A few months later in Zhuhai, China, she was defeated in two.
But at Rogers Cup, the American decided it was time to settle the debate and assert her supremacy. More consistent than her opponent and remarkably strong in her return game, she broke Sevastova five times, losing her own serve only once.
Sloane Stephens’ utter dominance now places her among the heavy favourites to go all the way.