Halep topples Garcia in straight sets to reach Montreal semis | Tennis News
The 26-year-old Halep battled by means of a troublesome first set then simply gained the second in a rematch of final 12 months’s quarter-final contest with Garcia which was additionally gained by the Romanian.
The highest-seeded Halep hammered 19 winners and gained 77 p.c of factors on her first serve within the 88-minute contest.
Garcia began rapidly however couldn’t maintain her unforced errors in verify, ending with a complete of 31. She earned her solely profession win over Halep in 5 earlier conferences within the 2017 WTA Beijing last.
Halep strikes on to the ultimate 4 the place she’s going to face Aussie Ashleigh Barty who ousted giantkiller Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in straight units 6-Three, 6-1.
Halep, the 2016 match champion, was taking part in her third match prior to now two days after incomes two wins on Thursday over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and 38-year-old Venus Williams.
After the match Halep slammed the WTA about her scheduling saying she repeatedly has much less time to get well from matches than her opponents.
“I’m very upset about it,” mentioned Halep, who’s first up on the Montreal courts on Saturday. “I talked to my staff about this and all of them are upset… I by no means complained in regards to the schedule, however right this moment was sufficient.”
On Friday, Halep broke Garcia within the fifth recreation of the second set for a Four-1 lead and had no bother icing the win from there by profitable the ultimate six video games.
World quantity 16 Barty reached the semi-finals by reeling off 9 of the final 10 video games in opposition to Bertens.
Barty was the extra composed participant in troublesome, windy situations as Bertens, who had seen off ninth seed Karolina Pliskova and eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in her earlier two matches, was undone by 31 unforced errors within the 55-minute quarter-final.
Barty has reached the semi-finals on her Montreal debut having made the final 16 when the occasion was held in Toronto final 12 months.
“It was actually difficult situations and we have been each struggling a bit of,” Barty mentioned in her on-court interview.
“I am very completely happy to return by means of and get a bit of bit higher in the course of the match.”
US Open champion Sloane Stephens was simply as ruthless as Barty in her quarter-final because the third-seeded American made the semi-finals for the second straight 12 months, seeing off Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-2, 6-2.
“I have been taking part in properly and it is a good begin right here to the US Open Collection. I am completely happy to be again in North America and taking part in on arduous courts, and I am hoping for some extra good outcomes,” mentioned Stephens.
Stephens will face both Elina Svitolina or Elise Mertens for a spot within the last.