Stephens, Halep, Svitolina, Barty advance to Montreal semifinals

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

Sloane Stephens beat Anastasija Sevastova, 6-2, 6-2, in the Rogers Cup quarterfinals. (Getty Images)

MONTREAL (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens romped into the Rogers Cup semifinals Friday, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-2.

The 25-year-old Stephens, ranked No. 3 in the world, won a hard-court title in Miami in March and lost the French Open final to top-ranked Simona Halep. In the semifinals, the American will face fifth-seeded defending champion Elina Svitolina.

Svitolina beat 14th-seeded Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-3 in the late match.

The top-seeded Halep advanced with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia. Halep will face 15th-seeded Ashleigh Barty, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Kiki Bertens.

Preparing for the U.S. Open, Stephens also reached the event semifinals last year in Toronto.

"When you're playing good matches in big tournaments like this, I don't think it's peaking too soon. It's just getting confidence and playing good tennis," Stephens said. "Leading up to the U.S. Open, obviously last year it worked pretty well."

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

In Moscow, Ons Jabeur become first-ever Tunisian WTA finalist

The qualifier beat Anastasija Sevastova, and plays Daria Kastakina in the final.

With the WTA Finals approaching, let's look back at the 2018 season

This was a year full of great tennis, and even better stories. 

Osaka drawn with two other Grand Slam champions at WTA Finals

She was grouped with Kerber, Stephens and Bertens, but the other group is also excellent.