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Published: 21:33 | 10/8/18

Dominant Stephens coasts into Rogers Cup semi-final

Reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens continued her impressive hard court form by easing into the Rogers Cup semi-final in Montreal with a 6-2 6-2 victory over unseeded Anastasija Sevastova.

The American has now won 10 of her last 11 hard court matches and was too strong for the Latvian No.2 converting five of her nine break points.

It was another encouraging indicator of the good form the 2018 French Open finalist is showing as the No.3 seed builds up to defending her maiden grand slam title. Sevastova took her to a deciding set tie-break when they met at Flushing Meadow in the quarter-finals last year.

"I've been playing well," said 25-year-old Stephens, who also reached the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup last year. "It's been a good start to the US Open series.

"I am happy to be back playing on the hard courts and hoping for more good results.

"I've got through some tough moments in these three matches. I've had some mental lapses but recovered well.

"I am pleased with my tennis and getting better through the tournament."

Stephens will face the winner of No.5 seed Ukraine's Elina Svitolina and No.14 Elise Mertens from Belgium in tomorrow's semi-tinal.

On the other side of the draw, 22-year-old Australian Ashleigh Barty beat Holland's Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-1 with either World No.1 Simona Halep or No.6 seed France's Caroline Garcia lying in wait.

The Rogers Cup from Montreal is live on BT Sport from Monday 6 August to Sunday 12 August, part of the eir sport pack. The semi-finals are live on BT Sport 3 from 6pm [irish time] on Saturday.

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