Simona Halep downs Sloane Stephens to lift Rogers Cup in Montreal

first_imgWorld number one Simona Halep beat America’s Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-4 to win the Rogers Cup women’s title in Montreal.Halep, who had beaten Stephens in the French Open final earlier in the year, won her second Montreal title in three years and this was also her third title in 2018.She won the match with a third ace of the day to win the trophy.”It’s an amazing feeling to be able to talk again at this ceremony as a winner,” Halep said.”I feel like I reached my best level of tennis, even if I had a long break before this tournament and I felt dead after the first day.”[email protected]_Halep takes her second @CoupeRogers title!Outlasts Stephens 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-3, in a high-quality epic! (@WTA) August 12, 2018Halep fended off four set points to claim a hard fought first set in a tie-break after taking a 4-1 lead before US Open champion Stephens fought back to draw level.Halep broke the third-seeded Stephens with a crosscourt winner to take a 5-4 lead and serve for the set. But the American broke Halep with a forehand winner and held two set points on the Romanian’s serve at 6-5. A crosscourt backhand saved one and Stephens netted a return on the second.Numerous forehand errors by Halep gave Stephens a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak and the American went up 6-4 before Halep rallied, crushing a backhand down the line to earn her first set point, which she converted.advertisementStephens led throughout the second set, breaking Halep twice, but the Romanian took control of the third set, turning a break into a 5-2 advantage.Stephens rallied to within 5-4 before Halep, on her fourth match point, slammed her third ace of the match and dropped to her knees in triumph.”It’s been an amazing week and I feel I’ve reached my best level of tennis”@CoupeRogers champion @Simona_Halep gives her champions speech in English and Romanian! (@WTA) August 12, 2018″You make me play better and better every time we play,” Halep said of Stephens.The American returned the compliment.”Even though I lost today, I literally left everything on the court,” Stephens said.”Obviously I’m sad I lost, but losing to the number one player isn’t too bad.”Every time I play her, she makes me a better player, she makes me raise my level.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more