If you ever needed to know what women’s tennis is about this match summed it up.
The relentless rhythm, the effort and of course the respect between the ladies at the end of the day.
From the get go this one was set to be a marathon. The amount of extended rallies was incredible and that we due to how well both ladies were defending.
Simona took charge first and began to reel off that backhand cross court and find the angle on the forehand. Sloane Stephens called her coach on and he said to her he didn’t want to see her on the Montreal sign at the back of the court so she stepped it up and pushed in winning 5 of the next 6 games but still dropped the set despite set points.
Halep became frustrated and this was vocalised in her on-court coaching with Darren Cahill who had to remind her she was a break up by so frustrated which shows how much of a perfectionist she is.
Both ladies left it all out there.
At the end of the day you can either walk away from the tennis court and say, I could have given more or you cannot give more.
The world number one like she did in the Roland Garros final a few months ago had to fight but as the number one in the world does she fights till the very end and the emotion was there.