Wozniacki beats Stephens to reach Toronto final

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TORONTO (Reuters) – Danish sixth Caroline Wozniacki, riding high after ousting world number one Karolina Pliskova, beat American Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-3 in the Rogers Cup semi-finals in Toronto on Saturday.

Former champion Wozniacki, who had a trio of rain delays in her quarter-final clash with Czech Pliskova, carried momentum from that win into her match with Stephens, who was playing in only her third event after missing 11 months with a foot injury.

Wozniacki, who won the Rogers Cup in 2010, had an aggressive gameplan from the start as she raced out to a 5-1 lead and then overcame a brief wobble before wrapping up the first set.

The former world number jumped into a 3-1 lead in the second set before allowing Stephens to rally back. But the 27-year-old Dane found her footing and served out the match after a brief rain delay at 5-3 to clinch victory in 80 minutes.

Wozniacki will play Romania’s defending champion Simona Halep or Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina in Sunday’s final.

Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Ken Ferris

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