Caroline Wozniacki and Elena Svitolina advance to Rogers Cup final

Caroline Wozniacki and Elena Svitolina advance to Rogers Cup final

Wozniacki regained the momentum and after a brief rain delay she served out the match at 5-3.

Both Svitolina and Halep were competing on little rest after rain pushed their quarter-final clashes to Saturday but it was the Romanian who was worse for wear as she dropped her first set of the tournament en route to losing the match in 56 minutes. Svitolina, meanwhile, has a WTA-high four tourney championships this year, including a 6-4, 6-2 win against Wozniacki in this year's Dubai final on a hard-court surface like Toronto.

Svitolina resumed her quarter-final with Garbine Muguruza trailing by a set, but turned things around superbly to beat the Wimbledon champion 4-6 6-4 6-3. "But I came here today and I got ready before this match and I'm really proud that I could play so well".

Wozniacki, the 2010 champion, needed 80 minutes to eliminate Stephens and reach her sixth final of 2017.

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Halep said she is confident her legs will hold up when she faces Svitolina later in the day for a spot in the final.

After the match, Halep struggled to explain what went wrong. "I was just 100% on every ball and I think I just learned from that experience that I need to play to the last point and just one point at a time". "And I think it was closer than what the scoreline showed". I will try to recover quickly because it was a very tough day not only physically but mentally.

The world number two seemed keen to move on, saying, "it's just this match that I will forget it very fast for sure".

"(Pliskova) had a great year and she's been playing really well.