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Halep vs Garcia WTA Montreal live streaming, preview and predictions - Halep takes 4-1 record over Garcia into Coupe Rogers quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 10 Aug 2018
  • Simona Halep vs Caroline Garcia is live from Montreal at 6.30pm local time on Friday (11.30pm BST)
  • Halep has won four of the previous five meetings between the pair
Simona Halep (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

World No. 1 Simona Halep continues her quest for a second Rogers Cup title on Friday when she takes on sixth seed Caroline Garcia in the quarter-finals.

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The only quarter where the two top seeds progressed to the last eight, who will emerge triumphant when French Open champion Halep and sixth seed Garcia square off for the sixth time on Friday with a semi-final ticket in Montreal on the line?

Halep was forced into double duty on Thursday because of the rain in Montreal, firstly overcoming Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a three-hour slugfest before easing past a slightly injured Venus Williams - who was also playing her second match of the day - in straight sets. Halep was somewhat fortunate to escape with a 7-6(9) 4-6 7-5 win over Pavlyuchenkova in her opening round, but she showcased her high fitness levels as she returned later in the night to confront Venus, prevailing 6-2 6-2 against the seven-time Grand Slam champion.

A champion at the Rogers Cup in Montreal in 2016 after beating Karolina Pliskova, Angelique Kerber and Madison Keys, Halep is going for her second title in the Canadian city this week. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the Romanian has only won three titles since that 2016 Montreal triumph - but the last of them was worth all the tough moments she’s endured over the years, with Halep defeating Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza and Sloane Stephens to secure her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.

Halep, who also won the Shenzhen title and made the Australian Open final to begin the season, has been very consistent - also finishing runner-up in Rome, making the semi-finals in Doha and Indian Wells and quarter-finals in Madrid and Stuttgart - but she experienced an understandable let down after winning Roland Garros, crashing out of Wimbledon in the third round to Su-Wei Hsieh. But the Romanian - who has won a total of 39 matches in 2018 - is seemingly back on track in Montreal this week. Can she return to the semi-finals?

Caroline Garcia (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Caroline Garcia has yet to really step up and register that big win that forces you to take notice so far in 2018, but she’s been fairly consistent and remains No. 6 in the world heading into the Rogers Cups - so she must be doing something right!


Garcia has sort of flown under the radar in Montreal this week, but she’s claimed two very solid victories to make the quarter-finals, firstly downing Magdalena Rybarikova in three sets before crushing Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-2 on Thursday night in the Round of 16. It was Garcia’s second win over Sharapova this season after she also prevailed in their Stuttgart encounter, with the Frenchwoman advancing to her seventh quarter-final of 2018 courtesy of the triumph.

Garcia, who’s always been supremely talented but struggled to best tap into that potential, finally took her game to the next level towards the end of 2017, winning 11 consecutive matches as she became the first woman to win back-to-back titles at the Premier 5 level Wuhan Open and the Premier Mandatory China Open in Beijing. That incredible run of form featured wins over the likes of Angelique Kerber, Dominika Cibulkova, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova and Halep and propelled Garcia into the top 10 and the prestigious season-ending WTA Finals Singapore, where she beat eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki and Svitolina again before going down to Venus Williams in the semi-finals.

But as I mentioned earlier, those sorts of wins have been few and far between so far in 2018, with Garcia’s lone top 10 scalps coming in Stuttgart on her way to the semi-finals (No. 4 Elina Svitolina) and in Rome on her way to the quarter-finals (No. 10 Sloane Stephens).

Garcia has lost four of her five meetings with Halep, including that quarter-final in Rome earlier this season, with her single win coming in the Beijing final last season. The Romanian has traditionally been too consistent for Garcia, simply retrieving and getting that extra ball back until the Frenchwoman buckles under the pressure and fires an unforced error. Garcia needs to be operating at at the peak of her powers to beat Halep, and I’m not sure she’s quite at that level yet. I’m backing the World No. 1 into the semi-finals.


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Halep vs Garcia WTA Montreal live streaming, preview and predictions - Halep takes 4-1 record over Garcia into Coupe Rogers quarter-finals

World No. 1 Simona Halep continues her quest for a second Rogers Cup title on Friday when she takes on sixth seed Caroline Garcia in the quarter-finals.

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