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Svitolina hammers Halep to reach Toronto final

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Caroline Wozniacki upset the world number one to reach the last four in Toronto

Halep and Svitolina will square off Saturday night at Aviva Centre after winning their rain-delayed quarter-final matches earlier in the day.

"I thought she started off really strongly and she was attacking and playing really, really well", Wozniacki said.

She jumped into a 3-1 lead in the second set before allowing Stephens to rally back.

Halep saved a match point as she broke for 5-1 in the second set but Svitolina was not to be denied in the next game, sealing her passage through to the final as the former fired a forehand into the net. "It's really hard to get to Cincinnati and there's no tickets, so I needed to get them".

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina crushed defending champion Simona Halep 6-1 6-1 on Saturday to reach the Rogers Cup final in Toronto where she will face Dane Caroline Wozniacki.

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Asked if the 0-5 record in finals this year weighs on her mind, Wozniacki chuckled and said, "No, not unless I get asked about it". I have many tournaments ahead.

After the match, Halep struggled to explain what went wrong.

"I was just trying to play my game and I was very happy to win".

"I just tried to stay steady, tried to take the ball on the rise and try to stay aggressive when I could and keep my serves aggressive too". But she's a very consistent player.

"She's having a good year as well - injury free and playing really well", Svitolina said. "But, you know, maybe that's also the key why it's been going so well, because I just walked in and I was more relaxed about the whole thing".

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