Wozniacki beats Stephens to reach Rogers Cup women's tennis final

Wozniacki beats Stephens to reach Rogers Cup women's tennis final

Wozniacki beats Stephens to reach Rogers Cup women's tennis final

Wozniacki, the No. 6 seed from Denmark, will play fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina in Sunday's final after the Ukrainian defeated defending champion and second seed Simona Halep of Romania 6-1, 6-1 in the other semifinal. Ukrainian, on the contrary, each of the five finals in 2017 and turned in the title. Long rallies were the norm - and Svitolina held steady at the big moments.

Svitolina will now look ahead to Cincinnati and the US Open in particular, where she will surprisingly hope to make her first Grand Slam semifinal, having failed to ever make it past the third round of either the Australian Open or US Open.

All told, Wozniacki won 50 percent of first-serve return points, a number that bested Stephens' mark by 12 percent. Their first meeting was past year in Miami, which Svitolina won in three tight sets, with the last set requiring a tiebreaker. They are all fighters.

"That's really the way I think".

The two players have made several nice exchanges in the beginning of the meeting.

Rogers Cup finalists Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki have both moved a place up in the WTA Rankings released on Monday. She also improved to 10-3 against top-10 players this year.

Entering the final, not only was Svitolina unblemished in finals in 2017, Wozniacki was the exact opposite (0-5), which some would argue influenced the match going from an even affair at four games apiece into a runaway that saw Svitolina win the final eight games.

Caroline Wozniacki is now 0-6 in finals matches on the year.

Rain continued to impact the tournament, with the bottom half of the quarter-final draw being postponed to Saturday morning. Svitolina dismantled the Romanian in straights 6-1 6-1 to set up her clash against Wozniacki in the final.

And Svitolina - who lost to Halep in the quarter-finals of the French Open - showed no mercy against her highly-fancied opponent from the outset, racing through the opening set. "I haven't wasted too much energy". The pressure was being piled on Wozniacki and she started committing errors at an alarming rate. "And that's why I'm pretty exhausted now, because I left everything [on the court] today", she said.

The loser has won 50% of his first balls-of-service and 23% of its seconds. "I really couldn't believe that it all finished and I'm holding the trophy".

Later in the day, the logic was respected in the final of the women's doubles where the Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, first favorites, have triumphed.

"I try not to think about records and stuff", Svitolina said, "because it is really important for me to stay focused on my game and to go better on courts". "I'm just playing better".

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