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Svitolina rolls Wozniacki in Toronto for third top title of season

Svitolina rolls Wozniacki in Toronto for third top title of season

What stood out even more in this 2 hours and 56 minutes long roller coaster of a match was Wozniacki's aggression in between her usual defensive and grinding play.

Wozniacki eliminated Stephens in a tidy 83 minutes at Aviva Centre in Toronto.

Sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki recorded her first-ever victory over a reigning World No. 1 player on Friday with a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 win over Karolina Pliskova to advance to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Wet weather hampered the proceedings at the WTA Tour Premier 5 event for a second straight day.

Now it will be up to Alexander Zverev to try to dethrone Federer after he outlasted Shapovalov in the day's second semifinal thanks to a pair of key breaks.

During the first set the players exchanged breaks - with the score 4:4 Svitolina once again took the feed Wozniacki, and in the next game filed for a starting party.

Wozniacki advances in Toronto epic
Wozniacki earns Rogers Cup final berth

Stephens, ranked 934th in the world, gave a good showing in her third tournament after missing 11 months due to a foot injury. She also claimed Dubai over Wozniacki, and Rome, which was impacted by Simona Halep rolling her ankle in the final.

"I had one year where I went to six finals and I won all of them", she said.

"Today, I was very focused and I learned a lot from that experience, which of course was very painful".

Stephens is making up for lost time on the court at the Rogers Cup, though, with her four matches this week taking almost eight hours in total. The finalist will take home $243,920.

"I just tried to stay steady", she said. Wozniacki leads all WTA players with 46 victories in main-draw matches this season. "Yeah, I'm very happy". But she had no answers against Wozniacki, whose defensive game undid her attacking all court play. The 27-year-old will bid for her 26th career title on Sunday. So I just had to really think of that.

Spots in the Rogers Cup finals were up for grabs Saturday, with Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki headlining the action in the men's and women's draws, respectively.




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