“I think I was moving very well and retrieving and just trying to stay aggressive when I could,” Wozniacki said. “But it was a difficult match. And I think it was closer than what the scoreline showed.”
Wozniacki, the No. 6 seed from Denmark, will play fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina in Sunday’s final after the Ukrainian beat defending champion Simona Halep 6-1, 6-1 in the second semifinal.
Svitolina broke Halep six times. She won each of her previous two meetings with Wozniacki.
The tournament’s singles champion will earn $501,975 of the $2.74-million purse. The finalist will take home $243,920.
Wet weather hampered the proceedings at the WTA Tour Premier 5 event for a second straight day. The afternoon semifinal was briefly delayed in the second set.
Wozniacki knocked off top-ranked Karolina Pliskova on Friday just over five hours after they started warmups. They had to wait out four rain delays and spent nearly three hours on court.
A former top-15 player, Stephens returned to action last month at Wimbledon. Her ranking has plummeted to No. 934 due to her extended absence.
“I didn’t win, but I think this whole week was a very big personal victory,” Stephens said. “So I didn’t win the tournament, but in my eyes I did.”
Wozniacki, a former world No. 1, is 0-5 in finals this season. The 27-year-old won the Rogers Cup in 2010 at Montreal, one of 25 career titles.
“I don’t really think too much about others when I’m out there on court, I just think about myself and what I need to do,” Wozniacki said. “And every time I step out on the court, I believe I can win.
“That’s really the way I think.”
Stephens did not have high expectations for this summer and was quite pleased to reach the final four.
“For this to be my third tournament back and playing like this, I mean I really couldn’t ask for anything more,” she said. “So I’m super happy with that.”
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