Barty party over as Halep ends record run

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The world number-three proved a step-up in class for the Australian, who has risen to ninth in the WTA rankings amid a run of form that saw her capture the Miami Open - her breakthrough tour win - and cruise into the final eight on the hot clay of Madrid. 

While the Australian held her own for large swathes of the match: 

The Romanian proved too strong in an event she has won twice before. 

The win represented the fourth time in her career Halep has advanced to the semi-finals.