Sloane Stephens, Ashleigh Barty cruise into Rogers Cup semifinals


After an excellent grass court docket season, Ashleigh Barty is rocking the hardcourts on the ladies’s Rogers Cup.

Barty, the 15th seed, posted a 6-3, 6-1 victory Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in a quarterfinal on Friday. The Rogers Cup is her first motion since successful 12 matches within the brief grasscourt season, which included a event title in Nottingham and reaching the third spherical at Wimbledon.

Then she went dwelling to Australia for a bit break earlier than getting again to work.

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Recap of all Friday’s motion together with the victory by World No. 1 Simona Halep. 1:19

“Wimbledon was profitable however disappointing in the identical breath,” the 22-year-old stated. “It was very nice for me to go dwelling.

“I had simply over two weeks of no tennis, truly, which is very nice. Then hit for about 10 days earlier than I came to visit right here. It was a pleasant to be at dwelling simply cruising with my household, seeing them after I used to be away for 2 and a half months.”

Third-seeded Sloane Stephens cruised previous Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-2, 6-2.

Barty to face Halep

Within the semifinals, Barty will face the highest seed and world No. 1 Simona Halep, the 2016 Rogers Cup winner who defeated sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-1 in a single hour 28 minutes. Barty and Halep have by no means met.

“I by no means performed towards her so I do not actually know what to anticipate,” stated Halep. “However I do know she’s very gifted.

“She’s transferring O.Ok. I simply have to speak to my coach earlier than the match, making an attempt to remain stronger on my legs, and making an attempt to be with the vitality on the highest degree as doable.”

Third-seeded Stephens subsequent meets Elina Svitolina, who beat Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-Three in Friday’s late match.. Stephens had no such success in doubles, the place she and Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal fell 6-4, 6-2 to Latisha Chan and Ekaterina Makarova in a quarterfinal.

That Barty has climbed again into the WTA’s prime 20 is spectacular contemplating that she set tennis apart simply as she was first making her mark to play in a ladies’s professional cricket league in 2015. She left the Brisebane Warmth of the Ladies’s Large Bash League to renew her tennis profession in February, 2016.

Earlier than that, she had been Wimbledon junior champion in 2011. In 2013, she reached the doubles last of three grand slam tournaments with associate Casey Dellacqua.

“I felt prefer it was a gradual development for me to come back again and play tennis,” stated the five-foot-five Barty. “I really feel like that is the place I belong.

“It was actually difficult. The primary yr, I believe it was 2016, I struggled with accidents, getting my physique proper, truly having the ability to exit and play matches. However I really feel nice. I really feel in all probability as finest as I ever have on and off the court docket.”

Now she’s received six straight hardcourt matches, together with a pair of Fed Cup victories.

“That was sort of the aim for me, to maintain that consistency, a great degree of tennis to cement my spot within the prime 20. I really feel like I’ve carried out that fairly properly this yr,” she stated.

Barty and Dutch associate Demi Schuurs additionally superior to the doubles semis with a 6-2, 6-Four win over Aoyama Shiko and Lidziya Marozava.

Bertens fell wanting posting a 3rd straight win over a seeded participant after ousting Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova within the final two rounds.

Not peaking too quickly

Stephens’ baseline recreation proved an excessive amount of for 28-year-old Seavastova, who misplaced on her serve within the opening recreation of each units and was by no means capable of catch up. Sevastova, ranked 19th, was a latest winner in Bucharest and a finalist in Mallorca. She performed her sixth quarterfinal this yr.

Sevastova was one in all Stephens’ victims on her run to a primary grand slam win on the U.S. Open final yr.

The win put Stephens into the Rogers Cup semifinals for a second yr in a row, so she does not fear, as some gamers do, about peaking too quickly.

“I believe everyone seems to be totally different. I imply, whenever you’re enjoying good matches in huge tournaments like this, I do not assume it is peaking too quickly. It is simply getting confidence and enjoying good tennis,” she stated.

“Main as much as the U.S. Open, clearly final yr it labored fairly properly. I made semis again to again, then ended up successful the U.S. Open, so I do not actually assume there’s such a factor.”

Stephens, who performs doubles solely often, has teamed up with Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal. That they had a quarterfinal later Friday towards Latisha Chan and Ekaterina Makarova.



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