It was a tennis lesson by Simona Halep today against Sloane Stephens. The Romanian player prevailed by 6-2 6-1 in just 54 minutes. Halep didn't face any break point, while Stephens got broken four times and lost two points on 12 on second serve. Instead, Halep was perfect when she hit second serve winning ten points out of 11. Stephens didn't play her best tennis probably also because she was tired as she reached semifinals here winning four matches and last week had reached quarter-finals at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Sloane cannot be anything but proud as only two weeks ago she was No. 934 and now is No. 83, which means she earned more than 800 places in the rankings after the foot injury that forced her not to compete from August 2016 to July 2017 when she came back to compete at Wimbledon.
Halep advanced into her her 26th career-final, the fourth one this year after winning Madrid title and losing in Rome and Roland Garros. If on Sunday she will beat Garbine Muguruza, Halep will overcome Karolina Pliskova in the rankings to become World No. 1 for the first time in her career. At the moment there is only a five point difference between these two players (6,385 vs 6,390). Halep was one win away from the No. 1 spot also at Roland Garros where she lost just to Pliskova in the semifinals, and at Wimbledon where she was beaten by Johanna Konta. Both matches ended up at the third set. We will see if third time will be lucky.