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Halep battled back in the next game, holding two set points from Stephens, to set up a tiebreak. Stephens, the reigning U.S. Open champion, is now 0-8 in matches against No. 1-ranked players.

"I think the match was a very good level of tennis even if the rhythm was a little bit mixed".

"Obviously I'm sad I lost, but losing to the number one player isn't too bad".

Halep, quoted on the WTA website, added: "I just want to give my best tomorrow and to enjoy the final because it's a great thing after a long break to play final at a big tournament". I thought she played well.

Stephens rallied to within 5-4 before Halep, on her fourth match point, slammed her third ace of the match and dropped to her knees in triumph.

"It was really tricky conditions.and we were both struggling a little", Barty said in her on-court interview. She doesn't give up that much now.

"It's just getting confidence and playing good tennis", Stephens said.

She broke two of Stephens' serves to take a 4-1 lead.

She eventually managed to break the American in the seventh, but Stephens replied with her own and ultimately closed out the match 6-3 6-3.

Simona Halep of Romania returns to Ashleigh Barty of Australia during semifinals play at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Saturday Aug. 11 2018 in Montreal
Halep outlasts Stephens in 3-set thriller to win Rogers Cup

It was Halep who drew first blood in the decider, but Stephens, looking the fresher of the two, pegged her back at 2-2.

Stephens again looked to be on the brink of the first set after surging into a 5-1 lead which soon became 6-4 in the tiebreak.

Stephens refused to go quietly though, saving a match point before breaking for 5-3, and then saving two more match points to hold.

Spaniard Carolina Garcia, the No.6 seed, was combative in the first set before Halep secured a crucial break to win the opener 7-5.

But Halep couldn't hold her serve in the ninth game of the second set.

She broke back for 2-2, but then suffered a letdown as Halep broke service twice more to take the lead.

However, Halep called on all her reserves of energy to break the resilience of the third seed, shrugging off a double fault at championship point along the way, as she completed a memorable victory.

"I hit some dropshots, which I don't normally do, because I was too exhausted", said Halep, who has reached at least the semifinals in four straight Rogers Cups. "I hope in the future it's going to be better".

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