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Simona Halep of Romania reacts after scoring a point against Ashleigh Barty of Australia during day six of the Rogers Cup

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Simona Halep defeated Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinals of the women’s Rogers Cup on Saturday.

Halep, the top-seed and the world’s top-ranked player, advanced to Sunday’s final against the winner of an evening semifinal between third-seeded Sloane Stephens and fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina.

Halep has reached the Rogers Cup final for the third time in four years. She won the last time it was held in Montreal in 2016.

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The Romanian showed her class as she broke 15th-seeded Barty’s serve in the opening game with an impressive series of forehands down the lines. She broke again for a 4-1 lead, but the Australian then had her best moments, breaking back after a cross-court shot that drew a roar from the IGA Stadium crowd.

But Halap did not lose a point on her serve the rest of the set, and broke twice more to open the second set. She completed the victory in one hour 11 minutes.

Halap had complained Friday about playing the first semifinal of the day after two straight night matches, but did not appear lacking in energy or focus.

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