Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

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

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

The first Ukrainian to be crowned champion, Svitolina recovered from a hard start to win 3-6 6-2 6-2. In total, Svitolina played in 14 WTA tournament finals and lost only two of them.

The Ukrainian had defeated Kiki Bertens of The Netherlands to reach the final, while Stephens had beaten Karolína Plíšková of the Czech Republic.

"I am super happy that I was able to finish off the season the way I did".

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.

As WTA Singapore tournament is over, the victor Elina Svitolina shared her impressions with the press.

She said: "I think I have nothing to prove anymore to anyone".

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

"I can win one game, maybe I can win two, then three", she added.

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There was very little to choose between the players as the match proceeded and it was Svitolina's turn to make the initial breakthrough in the second set when she capitalized on untidy play from Stephens to edge a break ahead.

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

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

The twists continued as Svitolina hit back immediately and stormed home as a wayward backhand from Stephens sparked jubilation from the number six seed.

The WTA Finals will now move on to Shenzhen, China, for next year's edition until 2028.

Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic played a masterclass to upset world number one Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the WTA Finals doubles decider Sunday.

The world number three held the edge throughout to triumph 6-4, 7-5 in 84 minutes.

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