Hometown hero Stephens win Miami Open title

Sloane Stephens US Open 2017 Flushing Meadows New York

Sloane Stephens' reign on American soil continued on Saturday after she capped off an impressive run through the 2018 Miami Open with a straight-set win over No. 6 Jelena Ostapenko.

French Open champion Ostapenko had not dropped a set all tournament until that point, and immediately broke the American in the second set. "I just wanted to make sure I got my game back where I wanted it to be", Florida native Stephens said in a courtside interview after extending her record in finals to 6-0.

"I always play well in the US".

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. But if the winners number approaches the errors number, Ostapenko is in her comfort zone.

Stephens will next be in action in just a few days at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, where she is the fourth seed and where she won the title in 2016. "I just accepted that some good shots were going to be hit and just didn't harp on it too much".

"I knew that I was just going to have to run a lot of balls down", Stephens said of the final.

At last, Stephens' serve began to kick in, she held to love, and worked another break chance.




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.

There were boos ringing around Crandon Park when tournament director James Blake told the crowd that he would see them next year at the Hard Rock Stadium.

"This place is pretty special to me", Stephens said. "Sometimes I was going for an aggressive victor when I didn't have to. I'm sure it will be lovely".

The American remains a ideal 6-0 in career finals and on Monday will debut in the Top 10 on the WTA rankings at No. 9. 'I was thinking that my life was over because the only thing I had was tennis and that was the only thing that I knew, ' Stephens admitted.

It's something that I have wanted for a really long time. "I was sometimes missing shots I was normally making this week".

The game started with eight breaks of serve in the first set before the home favourite prevailed in the tie-break., the world number 12 relied heavily on her defence before putting her foot on the gas in the second set.

"Yeah, I'm just really looking forward to it".

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