Sloane Stephens reaches Rogers Cup semifinals

Sloane Stephens reaches Rogers Cup semifinals
Sloane Stephens reaches Rogers Cup semifinals

MONTREAL (AP) – U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens romped into the Rogers Cup semifinals Friday, beating Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-2.

The 25-year-old Stephens, ranked No. 3 in the world, won a hard-court title in Miami in March and lost the French Open final to top-ranked Simona Halep. In the semifinals, the American will face fifth-seeded defending champion Elina Svitolina or 14th-seeded Elise Mertens.

Sevastova, ranked 19th, won last month in Bucharest.

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, seeded 15th, also advanced, topping Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 6-3, 6-1. Barty will play the top-seeded Halep or sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Sloane Stephens of the United States celebrates her victory over Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia during quarterfinals play at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)