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Wozniacki, Federer reach Rogers Cup finals

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Sunday, August 13, 2017
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Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, returns the ball against Sloane Stephens, of the United States, during women's semi-final Rogers Cup tennis action in Toronto yesterday. Wozniacki won the match, advancing to the finals. Photo by:AP

Caroline Wozniacki has advanced to the Rogers Cup final with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Sloane Stephens. The sixth-seeded Wozniacki eliminated Stephens in a tidy 83 minutes at Aviva Centre on Saturday.

She will play defending champion and second seed Simona Halep of Romania or fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in today’s final after wet weather hampered the proceedings at the WTA Tour Premier 5 event for a second straight day. The afternoon semifinal was briefly delayed in the second set.

Wozniacki broke Stephens in the opening game and took the first set in just half an hour. Stephens, who is trying to regain her form after missing almost a year due to a foot injury, showed flashes of her impressive power game. But she had 41 unforced errors, compared to 11 for Wozniacki.

In the men’s draw, Roger Federer advanced to the Rogers Cup final with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over unseeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

The second-seeded Federer is seeking a third Rogers Cup title to go with wins in 2004 and 2006.

A victory would give Federer, currently ranked third in the world, one of the top two seeds at the US Open that begins August 28 in New York.

The 36-year-old is on a 16-match winning streak, his longest since 2012.

In today’s final, the Swiss veteran will face the winner of the second semifinal between 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov and 20-year-old Alexander Zverev.

Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, was in his first career semifinal of a Masters Series tournament.