Barty glides into Canadian Open semi-final

Ashleigh Barty Montreal 2018

Romanian Halep, the 2016 Rogers Cup champion, will meet the victor of the late semi-final between defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens for the title on Sunday.

The timing of the match, in the afternoon, had upset Halep after her Friday evening quarter-final win.

The Australian No.1 and 15th seed was in complete control over Bertens, who entered the contest with confidence after eliminating top-10 ranked opponents Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova.

The world No.16 broke Berten's serve fours times and never faced a break point to book her first-ever semi-finals appearance in Canada.

"I was very sore when I woke up", Halep said.

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After a shaky start, the French Open champion won three straight games to take the first set and dominated the second set behind pinpoint serving and stout defence.

Barty, the world No. 16, has eclipsed her previous best at the tournament, a place in the last 16 when it was held in Toronto a year ago.

The 25-year-old US Open champion will look to add her second hard court title of the year after she won the Miami Open in March.

Romanian Halep will now meet the victor of the late semi-final between defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens for the title on Sunday.

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