Miami Open: Sloane Stephens beats Jelena Ostapenko to win first title since US Open
US Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to win her first Miami Open title.
American Stephens appeared tense at first and there have been eight breaks of serve within the first set earlier than the house favorite prevailed within the tie-break.
The 25-year-old world quantity 12 relied closely on her defence earlier than placing her foot on the fuel within the second set.
World quantity 5 Ostapenko, 20, was left to rue an unforced error rely of 48 which value her a primary win in Miami.
It was the primary assembly between the pair, each Grand Slam winners prior to now 12 months, and their nerves confirmed within the opening exchanges as the primary 4 video games went in opposition to serve.
Stephens had overwhelmed three former Grand Slam champions – Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka – to make the ultimate, however she struggled initially in opposition to an aggressive Ostapenko.
Stephens hit simply three winners within the first set, counting on 29 unforced errors from the Latvian to scrape by the tie-break.
French Open champion Ostapenko had not dropped a set all event till that time, and instantly broke the American within the second set.
Florida native Stephens confirmed her improved velocity as she continued to return Ostapenko’s hits, earlier than lastly coming alive in assault at 3-1 with a deft drop-shot and a superb cross-court winner because the end line got here into sight.
The American ramped up the tempo and swept by the ultimate video games to win in a single hour 31 minutes.
Having misplaced eight matches in a row following her US Open triumph, Stephens has now responded to that hunch with a sixth WTA title that may transfer her into the world prime 10 for the primary time when the rankings are launched on Monday.
“There have been pre-match jitters however as soon as I received the primary set, I used to be capable of settle,” she stated. “I’ve wished to be within the prime 10 for thus lengthy. It is very thrilling.”