Simona Halep’s terrific 2018 got a new consecration, as the Romanian has qualified again for the WTA Finals, held in Singapore. On top of it, the world number one has reached her second consecutive final in Montreal.
In the first Coupe Rogers semifinal, Halep made short work of Ashleigh Barty, whom she defeated 6-4, 6-1 in 1h11.
“I think the match was a very good level of tennis even if the rhythm was a little bit mixed”, said Halep after the match. “It was one of the best [matches] so far this tournament.”
Water under the bridge for Halep… for the moment
Simona Halep also came back on her comments regarding her scheduling:
“Well, that was yesterday. I think I talked enough about it. I was upset, of course. I hope in the future it’s going to be better. For the moment, all things are okay.”
Asked about her mindset following that most unusual outburst on her part, she said: “I am the same now. I was upset. I am upset. But doesn’t change my performance on court.”
What will she do with the 22 hours between the end of her semifinal and Sunday’s final? Halep laughed. “The most [rest time], no, since I started? I will rest. I will go and just staying in the bed, eating everything. In the last days I didn’t eat much. I will watch maybe a movie. I will stay on Instagram, as usual. Just chilling, nothing special. I don’t know actually when I play tomorrow. If you know, tell me.”
She did not mention if her meal will involve the not-yet-sampled poutine…
A remake of the French Open final
Sunday’s Coupe Rogers final will be a remake of the French Open championship match, as Halep will face Sloane Stephens. The American, who is yet to lose a set this tournament, ousted the defending champion, Elina Svitolina, 6-3, 6-3.
Barty could not in singles, but she definitely could in doubles
The tournament is not over for Ashleigh Barty. If she failed to make the singles final, the same could not be said in doubles. She and Demi Schuurs, seeded eight, defeated the seventh seeds, Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke, 7-5, 6-3.
Was it a consolation of sorts for the Aussie? “It’s always nice to have to bounce back and be positive”, she said. “I had a quick turnaround between singles and doubles. Yes, I’m disappointed with my singles. In the same breath, I had a commitment to my partner, to Demi, to my team, to myself, to go out there and try my very best in the doubles pretty soon after, which is a good thing. I can play my singles, do my best in my singles, then worry about the doubles when we have to.”
Quite a nice turnaround indeed!