WTA Miami: Sloane Stephens captures first Premier Mandatory title

WTA Miami: Sloane Stephens captures first Premier Mandatory title

WTA Miami: Sloane Stephens captures first Premier Mandatory title

The French Open champion Ostapenko made 48 unforced errors - more than double the number made my Stephens - but that did not tell the whole story as the American earned a lot of them thanks to her relentless defence. Just being able to feel really good about something else other than tennis really gave me perspective. In 2017, she won the US Open while recovering from surgery; now she has won Miami after a six-month dry spell where she struggled to win anything at all. 'I was thinking that my life was over because the only thing I had was tennis and that was the only thing that I knew, ' Stephens admitted.

The American, will enter the world's top 10 for the first time next week while Stephen, having lost eight games in a row following her US Open triumph, Stephens has now responded to that slump with a sixth WTA title.

'It has been a long time coming, so finally I'm going to say a good prayer tonight because I worked hard for it'.

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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. "Key Biscayne is a hidden gem but I am sure the new place will be great".

The U.S. Open trophy that Stephens was awarded last September, for example, now holds a coveted place in the middle of the dining table in her grandparents' home in Fresno, Calif. "The way that she plays is she has a very aggressive style, and sometimes you can't outhit her or outrun her". In the point described above, Ostapenko had a wide-open court for her last shot, but Stephens robbed her of the time she needed to hit it. However, after picking up two wins in Indian Wells, the 13th seed beat the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber to reach the final in Miami, and was mostly in control of the final today.

But at this Miami Open, Ostapenko defeated No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina and No. 9 Petra Kvitova in straight sets. "I have had some unbelievable 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". I think it will be great for the tournament - a new facility.

"I wasn't expecting a title here or anywhere, really".

"Yeah, I'm just really looking forward to it".

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