Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Elina Svitolina beat Sloane Stephens to win WTA Finals trophy

Elina Svitolina beat Sloane Stephens to win WTA Finals trophy

The Ukrainian beat her American opponent 3-6 6-2 6-2 in two hours and 22 minutes for the biggest victory of her career. In total, Svitolina played in 14 WTA tournament finals and lost only two of them. "It's going to bring me lots of confidence".

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.

"If that propels me or her to do really well in Australia or in the hard court season coming up, again, it is what it is, but I think that, yeah, we both are very deserving, and I thought it was a great final".

Svitolina has failed to go beyond the quarter-finals of a grand slam, but showed she can handle the pressure of the big stage in what was the last edition of the tournament to be staged in Singapore. I'm very, very pleased with the performance this week.

It was a matchup of similar styles between the athletic counter-punchers and lengthy rallies punctuated the contest.

Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, controlled the first set but Svitolina broke three times in the second.

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Looking back to her disappointing form prior to Singapore, Svitolina admitted she always believed she could rediscover her best tennis.

Svitolina fittingly forced a decider in a tournament which has had a record-setting amount of three-set matches.

After earning championship point, she took it when Stephens produced another unforced error.

The WTA Finals will be held in Shenzhen in China for the next ten years after its five year run in Singapore came to an end.

Svitolina finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth game, able to placate the Stephens forehand with some brilliant defense, but the American continued to pound away at the corners to maintain her break advantage.

Elina Svitolina on the other hand, edged Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 to make the final.

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