American Stephens beats Ostapenko for title

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens beat Jelena Ostapenko in two sets

Stephens, 25 years old, won the Miami Open on Saturday, 7-6 (5), 6-1 against Jelena Ostapenko.

Despite having fought back on so many occasions throughout the set, Ostapenko once again fell behind in the breaker, and this time couldn't fight back as Stephens took the tiebreak 7-5.

After seeing her ranking drop as low as 957 in 2017 largely due to a left foot injury, Stephens will now debut in the top-10 of the WTA leaderboard. But I think it's because of you guys.

While the history and memories from Key Biscayne will be hard to replicate, the future of the Miami Open is bright as a new chapter begins next year at the nearby Hard Rock Stadium. "I have had some fantastic experiences here, and I'll definitely miss it, but I think - yeah, I just feel fortunate that I was able to do that here in South Florida with all my friends and family watching". Women's singles is seeing an extremely competitive field of players vying for their places in the WTA Top 10. While Ostapenko had five double faults and won only 39 percent of points on her first serve and 45 percent on her second serves, Stephens limited herself to just two double faults while winning 57 percent of her points on first serves and 55 percent on her second serves.

She hit just six winners, and made a lot of errors.

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However, after beating four Slam champions en route to glory, Stephens has proven that she can be a match for anyone when she's on song.

'Four Slam champions. That's pretty incredible and I'm really pleased with that'. She won the next two points with good defense to make it 4-2, came up with a little extra kick on her second serve for 5-2, and finally pulled the trigger on her forehand return to make it 6-2.

She added: "I remember when I found out I needed surgery past year after the Australian Open I was so down but ultimately it gave me a different perspective. 'Whatever people said, whatever, it is what it is, but now I'm here and I have this lovely trophy, and no one will ever be able to take that away from me, so I'm just going to walk with my head high and, you know, embrace it". "I really just focused on myself and made sure that I was the best version of me", she sad.

To pick apart the weaknesses in French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko's game, you need a few specific skills.

"Half the people I didn't even know", she said. "As long I did that, and took my opportunities when I had them".

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