Montreal | Halep picks up the Rogers Cup
Simona Halep eventually collected the Rogers Cup in Montreal when she finally stemmed a strong fightback by Sloane Stephens to win what was a rematch of their French Open final clash where she won her win her first grand slam title.
On this occasion she won 7-6(6) 3-6 6-4 for her second Montreal title in three years and third for the 2018 season.
You make me play better and better every time we play Simona Halep
“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to talk again at this ceremony as a winner,” Halep said after closing out the hard-fought final with her third ace of the day.
“I feel like I reached my best level of tennis, even if I had a long break before this tournament and I felt dead after the first day.”
The Romanian world No.1 saved four set points in the opening set having led the US Open champion 4-1 before settling it in the tiebreak.
She was then broken early in the second and led throughout to level the final, but Halep took control of the third set but failed to close out the match on her first three attempts but then finally achieved it on her fourth dropping to her knees in relief.
“You make me play better and better every time we play,” Halep told Stephens.
Stephens was equally complementary: “Even though I lost today, I literally left everything on the court,” she said. “Obviously I’m sad I lost, but losing to the number one player isn’t too bad.
“Every time I play her, she makes me a better player, she makes me raise my level.”