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Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Wozniacki sets up Rogers Cup final with Svitolina

Wozniacki sets up Rogers Cup final with Svitolina

Wozniacki won the first set 7-5, only for Pliskova to edge her out in the second in a tiebreaker.

It was a gruelling day for Halep and Svitolina at the WTA Premier event, both players having completed quarter-final matches earlier in the day.

The trend continued in the third set as each player broke in turn before Svitolina eventually held at 3-2.

In other action on Thursday, second-seeded Romanian Simona Halep routed Czech Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-0 to set up a quarter-finals clash against France's Caroline Garcia, who eased past American Catherine Bellis 6-4, 6-2.

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.

Wozniacki spent 67 weeks as the world's top-ranked player in 2010 and 2011, but her ranking has slipped over the past two seasons due to injuries. Wozniacki quickly won the final game to close out the match after play resumed.

Roger Federer on Saturday raised his game to another level at the ATP Montreal Masters beating Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to reach the final.

After being blown out in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup at the hands of Elina Svitolina, defending champion Simona Halep was at a loss for words.

Wozniacki found her rhythm and managed to continually apply pressure, winning 81 per cent of points on her first serve in the second. But she had no answers against Wozniacki, whose defensive game undid her attacking all court play.

But Svitolina showed she clearly belonged, using a mix of powerful groundstrokes and an impressive return game to secure her fourth victory over a top-10 opponent this week.

Svitolina will win Sunday a ninth title in his career on the circuit of the WTA tour. "Today was very hot, so I've been really struggling".

There was a six-minute rain delay late in the second set. So I just had to really think of that.

As for Wozniacki, she controlled her semifinal match with Stevens with patience and committed just seven unforced errors.

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