Simona Halep powered into the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal

Simona Halep celebrates her victory over Caroline Garcia

The world No 1 was in control from the outset against a nervous-looking Australia's Ashleigh Barty, whose challenge was undone by a string of unforced errors.

The 26-year-old also won when the event was last held in Montreal in 2016.

"My opponent has already six hours at the hotel resting, and I just finished the match and I'm doing now these (interviews)", Halep said at 9 p.m. local time (0100 GMT).

A tired Simona Halep, upset over how her matches are scheduled, beat Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final Rogers Cup final.

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The fluidness and handsome shot making Garcia showed in the Sharapova match was almost invisible when she played the no. 1 Simona Halep. there was a gleamer of brilliant strategies at the beginning of the match when Garcia went up 3-2 and the commentator even remarked that "You can begin to feel that the Garcia momentum is building".

"I couldn't believe that it's over", said Halep after claiming her third title this year and the 18th of her career.

The top-ranked Romanian will play for the title Sunday against the third-ranked Sloane Stephens in a rematch of Halep's victory in the French Open final. Garcia's focus and strategies had fallen and it wasn't long before Halep showed her no. 1 status leading to her quarterfinal win over Garcia of 7-5, 6-1.

"I think I played smart tennis today", Halep said. I thought she played well.

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A back-and-forth opening set saw Halep jump to a 4-1 lead before Stephens found the range with her forehand and broke service three times to take a 6-5 lead.

After a shaky start, the French Open champion won three straight games to take the first set and dominated the second set behind pinpoint serving and stout defence.

Stephens went up on two Halep double faults, but the Romanian stormed back to take the set.

Halep played four matches in three days after a night session was postponed because of rain.

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