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Halep enters Rogers Cup final in Montreal

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Montreal : A weary Simona Halep, upset over how her matches are scheduled, defeated Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-1 on Saturday night to reach the final of the women’s Rogers Cup. The top-ranked Romanian will play for the title Sunday.

Halep has reached the Rogers Cup final for the third time in four years. She won the last time it was in Montreal in 2016. Halep complained Friday about playing the first semi-final day after two straight night matches.

She contended she has the worst schedule in the 56-player event and “this happens almost every tournament.”


Despite playing on only 15 hours rest, Halep was in control from the outset against the 15th-seeded Barty, eliminating the Australian in 71 minutes.

“I was very sore when I woke up,” Halep said.

“During the match, it’s not easy to run so much. But, you know, I just tried to focus on what I have to play and, to make it a little bit easier, which I did in the end, was to finish it early.”