World No.1 Simona Halep won a tough first set and then eased past No.6 seed Caroline Garcia to reach the Rogers Cup semifinals for the fourth straight year.

World No.1 Simona Halep of Romania reached the Rogers Cup semifinals for the fourth straight year by overcoming No.6 seed Caroline Garcia of France, 7-5, 6-1, in the quarterfinals on Friday evening.
It was a rematch of their Rogers Cup match from last year, which was also in the quarterfinals, and after a challenging opening set, the result ended up the same, as Halep claimed a straight-set victory, this time in 88 minutes.
"The first set was really tough," Halep admitted to the press, after her win. "I just didn't give up at all in the first set. After I took it, I felt more confident. I felt that I'm moving better, I'm playing better, stronger. [Garcia] went a little bit down with energy after she lost that set."
Top-seeded Halep had 19 winners to only 12 unforced errors, and won 77 percent of points on her first serve throughout the encounter. Garcia, who claimed her only win over Halep in five prior meetings in the Beijing final at the end of last year, started strong but could not keep her unforced errors under control, firing 31 in total.
Halep, the 2016 Rogers Cup champion, moves into the final four once more, where she will take on No.15 seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the semis. Barty took out Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in a straight-set quarterfinal victory earlier on Friday.
"I never played against [Barty], so I don't really know what to expect," said Halep. "But I know she's very talented. She's moving okay. I just have to talk to my coach tomorrow before the match, trying to stay stronger on my legs, and trying to be with the energy at the highest level as possible."
"Tomorrow I'm going to go on court and I will try to give my best," Halep told the media. "I have nothing to lose. It's a semifinal. So I'll just go there and I try to play."
After an exchange of breaks to start the match, the combatants settled into a closely-contested affair in the first set. Garcia used powerful serving to fend off four break points at 1-1 and stay on serve, but Halep maintained parity, holding for 2-2 with a scintillating backhand crosscourt winner.
Garcia’s power and aggressive court positioning kept Halep at bay through the majority of the set, as the Frenchwoman had little trouble holding serve up to a 5-4 lead. But after that change of ends, Halep ramped up her aggression, demonstrating why she holds the World No.1 position.
The Romanian held at love for 5-5, ending that game with a backhand winner down the line, and then took a decisive lead by breaking Garcia in the next game. The points got longer and the rallies took place within the entire breadth of the court, but Halep’s winner count increased, and the World No.1 reeled off 12 of the last 14 points to seal the set.
"[At] 5-5, I said, 'Now is the time to stay for every point and put pressure on her,'" Halep noted. "I think I did pretty well. After I won that set, it was much easier mentally for me."
It was a solid fight in the first set from Halep, who had to grab two wins on Thursday over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Venus Williams to even reach the quarterfinals. The Romanian finished the set with an equal amount of winners and unforced errors (six of each) while Garcia faded down the stretch, ending the opening frame with 19 errors, six more than her winner count.
If Halep had fatigue from her Thursday exploits, she had completely overcome it in the second set, zipping around the court to fire outrageous winners in the manner which brought her a maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros earlier this season. 
Garcia double faulted twice in a row to hand over a 2-1 lead to Halep, and the No.1 seed broke the Frenchwoman again for 4-1 after a game in which the Romanian followed a rally-clinching backhand winner down the line with a point won by a crafty lob. The 2016 champion in Montreal had no trouble closing from there, and claimed victory having picked off the final six games of the meeting.