Caroline Wozniacki and Elena Svitolina advance to Rogers Cup final

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

Former champion Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the WTA Toronto final on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over a resurgent American Sloane Stephens.

Halep did not fail to give some credit to Svitolina, saying of her opponent's game, "I think I couldn't feel it". She won this tournament in 2010 in Montreal. "I was just trying to be very focused on my game and just go for every shot".

The pair will play twice in a day after rain disrupted the schedule.

Wozniacki had to battle several rain delays, with four in total causing problems on Friday, but she was able to maintain her composure and secure a 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4 victory.

The Danish sixth seed jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set then broke Stephens again to take a commanding 5-1 lead.

In doubles play, Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski and Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko defeated Germany's Julia Goerges and Ukraine's Olga Savchuk 4-6, 6-2, 10-3. "If I'm back here in two years, I'll do the same thing".

"She's having a good year as well - injury free and playing really well", Svitolina said. I know that I've been playing really well this year and beaten a lot of the top players, but at the same time with the record I've had here in the past, I wasn't really expecting too much of myself. I have just to move on and to look forward.

In earlier quarter-final matches on Saturday, Simona Halep continued her quest to defend her Toronto title with a straight sets win, while Elina Svitolina needed three sets to book the last semi-final spot. I will try to recover quickly because it was a very tough day not only physically but mentally.

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