Elina Svitolina fights back against Sloane Stephens to seal WTA Finals title

The Ukrainian beat her American opponent 3-6 6-2 6-2 in two hours and 22 minutes 

Sunday 28 October 2018 16:55
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This is the biggest victory of Elina Svitolina's career
This is the biggest victory of Elina Svitolina's career

Elina Svitolina won the BNP Paribas WTA Finals with a three-set success over Sloane Stephens in Singapore.

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.

She told BT Sport afterwards: "It's amazing. I'm very, very pleased with the performance this week.

"I've proved a lot of things to myself and to (other) people, that I can play well. This means the world to me.

Svitolina celebrates winning a point in the second set

"There were nerves but I was trying to fight for every ball and I think that made the difference in the end. I really had to play my best tennis to win today."

Stephens was the first to settle, winning the first three games en route to a 6-3 first-set success.

However, the second set - which lasted 48 minutes - was a different story as number six seed Svitolina finished strongly, winning three games in a row to take it 6-2 and square the match.

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.

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Stephens showed spirit in holding to love to end the slide and then earned three break points, taking the second to close the gap to 3-2.

However, Svitolina responded instantly, taking the first of two break points to re-establish control and holding serve to move to within one game of the title.

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

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