Svitolina hammers Halep to reach Toronto final

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".