Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Sloane Stephens Cruises Past Jelena Ostapenko to Win 2018 Miami Open

French Open champion Ostapenko made a series of unforced errors French Open champion Ostapenko made a series of unforced errors
Isaac Mcdaniel | 02 April, 2018, 11:19

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

Stephens took the next six games on the spin to win her sixth WTA title, while also maintaining a flawless record in finals.

Ostapenko, who is the reigning French Open Champion came into the match without having dropped a set or lost a tiebreak during the entire Miami finals, but both run came to an end in her encounter with Stephens.

Adding to her triumphant weekend, Stephens, who was seeded only 13th in Miami, will make her world top-10 debut on Monday, after rising to number nine. I think that it took a really long time to get there, just to get to that 10, because I was at 11, and I'm so exhausted of them saying career-high ranking no. 11.

But at this Miami Open, Ostapenko defeated No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina and No. 9 Petra Kvitova in straight sets. I have had some awesome experiences here, and I'll definitely miss it.

There's a fair gap between No. 10 and the top players; for example, she's more than 1,000 points behind No. 8 Venus Williams.

A closely-fought first set gave way to nearly a procession in the second, with Stephens claiming victory after Ostapenko's forehand drifted out wide.

After twice failing to serve it out, Stephens eventually converted her fourth set point in the breaker to move ahead.

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Ostapenko, after a superb tournament, will surely be disappointed by 48 errors to 21 winners-the statistics had been nearer the reverse in earlier matches-but she can turn on the smile with aplomb, and had warm words for all concerned. Previous year she won the French Open and was runner-up in Charleston.

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

"I was a little nervous and it was showing in my game", Stephens said of the first set.

Their error-strewn first set began with four consecutive service breaks and went to 6-6 before Stephens pushed ahead 6-2 in the tiebreak.

After her remarkable triumph at Flushing Meadows back in September, Stephens has largely struggled, not picking up single victory after her maiden Grand Slam triumph until Acapulco at the beginning of March. "I just wanted to make sure I got my game back where I wanted to be".

"Half the people I didn't even know", she said.

It's something I really look forward to. "That's because they appreciate it as much as I do".

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