This is Halep's second victory against Stephens this year, after the one in the final of the French Open at Roland Garros.
Stephens responded brilliantly in the second set however, breaking Halep twice in the first three games before advancing into a 5-3 lead.
Stephens had dominated the first set, scoring two early breaks to race into a 4-0 lead against a hesitant Svitolina.
The third-seeded American defeated defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-3 Saturday to reach the final of the Rogers Cup Canadian Open women's tennis championships. I think that's why I didn't give myself a good chance to play well today. "I think now, just kind of taking it all in stride, trying to play my best, compete, get a lot of matches under my belt". "She makes me play better and better every time we meet each other". But Stephens has had some fine moments herself and showed previous year that she unquestionably has a NY state of mind.
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Halep's scheduling dispute with tournament organizers looked to have no effect on her play on the court. "It was a nice to be at home just cruising with my family, seeing them after I was away for two and a half months". "I'm happy to be back in North America and playing on hard courts, and I'm hoping for some more good results", Stephens said. "Yeah, it's disappointing, but I think this will help me moving forward, getting ready to go into [Cincinnati] and the US Open". "I feel like this is where I belong". Fortunately for the 26-year old, she held on to take the set.
Ashleigh Barty of Australia hits a shot against Simona Halep of Romania (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Stade IGA. (On Thursday), I played two matches.
"I've been playing well, consistent and that's great", said Stephens. In 2013, she reached the doubles final of three grand slam tournaments with partner Casey Dellacqua. A year ago, the American was playing Toronto ranked No.934 in the world, and another runner-up finish to the world's top ranked player kicks off her US Open title defense in encouraging fashion. The win is the second straight for Halep in Montreal, but it wasn't easy. Stephens fought off three match points for one last service break before Halep closed out.