Elina Svitolina beats Sloane Stephens for biggest win of career — WTA Finals

Elina Svitolina beats Sloane Stephens for biggest win of career — WTA Finals

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina on Saturday battled past debutant Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 to reach the final round of the eight-player, season-ending Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals.

"I was thinking, "I made it all the way to the semi-final and I'm not just going to lose but this is so embarrassing", Stephens told reporters as she recalled her feelings at 6-0 and 2-0 down. "That's what made the difference".

Svitolina was on a mission to silence the "haters" this week and she should have won plenty of new admirers after taking on all comers to claim the biggest title of her career. Past year we just about got a smile out of her after she beat Simona Halep in the last match and guaranteed Caroline Garcia (who came from a set and a break down to ruin the Ukrainian's chances to qualify).

Osaka has had a whirlwind time since her stunning win over Serena Williams in a controversial US Open final.

"For me, I shouldn't just be doing well on hard courts. I think definitely for the future it's something that I can be proud of".

"These past five months, there have been lots of work that I was putting in". I just tried to stay in it, and get as many balls back as I could.

"That's why I was a little bit sad".

Stephens is unbeaten having won all three of her group matches, including yesterday's straight sets triumph over her bunny, Angelique Kerber, while Pliskova mixed impressive two-set victories over defending champ Caroline Wozniacki and fellow Czech Petra Kvitova with a three-set loss to Svitolina.

Halep fans groaned when she fell behind Stephens in the French Open final in June, but she mounted a furious charge to bag her own first Slam.

Svitolina held serve in the first game of the decider and took her second break point to go 2-0 up and - when the 24-year-old held serve to take her winning run of games to six with a forehand, which Stephens unsuccessfully challenged - it looked a long way back for the American.

Yet Stubbs' words failed to have the desired impact and a double fault handed Stephens a commanding 4-1 lead.

In the final of the tournament the first racket of our country beat the sixth racket of the world ranking American Sloane Stephens- 3:6, 6:2, 6:2.

"I think I have nothing to prove anymore to anyone and it's definitely a good statement for myself", Svitolina said.

"That's I think what I did".

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