Elina Svitolina beats Caroline Wozniacki for Rogers Cup title

Simona Halep

Halep saved a match point as she broke for 5-1 in the second set but Svitolina was not to be denied in the next game, sealing her passage through to the final as the former fired a forehand into the net.

It will between Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki and Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

While Wozniacki has repeatedly fallen at the last hurdle this year, losing each of the six finals she has contested, Svitolina seems to have developed a welcome habit of rising to the occasion with a title on the line.

"I think I was moving very well and retrieving and just trying to stay aggressive when I could", Wozniacki said in AP report. "But it was a hard match". In the first match, I played well, someone that I don't think I have ever played before...and then second match playing Kvitova is never easy and she's a lefty, which I haven't played in a really long time.

Fifth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina will play ninth-seeded American Venus Williams in the featured match, with the victor to take on either Spanish reigning Wimbledon champion and No.4 seed Garbiñe Muguruza or Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty. Both Svitolina and Halep played twice Saturday as their quarterfinal matches were delayed due to rain Friday.

The contrasting styles of Caroline Wozniacki's grinding defense against Karolina Pliskova's all out aggression was played out in favor of the grinder this time.

Stephens, ranked 934th in the world, gave a good showing in her third tournament after missing 11 months due to a foot injury. Svitolina is having the best season of her life and whilst Wozniacki is in the midst of a comeback of sorts. "I don't really think about (beating a No. 1) too much", Wozniacki said. This will make the Rogers Cup the second final they have contested, and Wozniacki will be desperate to get her revenge.

She became the first Ukrainian to reach the Top 10 in the WTA rankings by capturing the Dubai title in February where she beat Wozniacki.

"Today, I was very focused and I learned a lot from that experience, which of course was very painful". "So I'm super happy with that".

"(Pliskova) had a great year and she's been playing really well. I have just to move on and to look forward.



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