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US Open champ Sloane Stephens advances in Montreal US Open champ

AP  |  Montreal 

champion advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals, beating 6-2, 7-5 in the hard-court event.

After Suarez overcame a 5-1 deficit to tie the second set at 5, Stephens broke serve for a 6-5 lead and scored four straight points to put away the match, ending it with a sharp cross-court forehand.

"Maybe the old me would have kind of freaked out," Stephens said.

"I was kind of like, 'OK, it's fine, she's allowed to play well. Just kind of regroup.' I did that. I was happy with that."

The 25-year-old Stephens, ranked No. 3 in the world, won a hard-court title in in March and lost final to top-ranked

In the quarterfinals, the American will face Anastaija Sevastova of Latvia, a 6-3, 7-6 (2) winner over 10th-seeded of Sevastova, ranked 19th, won last month in

The top-seeded Halep advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over 13th-seeded in the second match of the day for both players. Halep set up a quarterfinal against sixth-seeded of France, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Russia's

of beat France's 7-6 (3), 6-4. The 15th-seeded Barty will face Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over eighth-seeded of the

of Ukraine, the fifth-seeded defending champion, beat of Britain 6-3, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal against 14th-seeded of

Mertens outlasted Aryna Sabalenka of 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-0.

In delayed second-round matches, Halep topped 7-6 (9), 4-6, 7-5, Sabalenka upset second-seeded of 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4), Konta beat 6-3, 6-1, and Williams edged Sorana Cirstea 7-6 (4), 6-4.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 10:00 IST