Svitolina wins biggest title of her career at WTA Finals

01 November, 2018, 13:24 | Author: Virgil Todd
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The first Ukrainian to be crowned champion, Svitolina recovered from a hard start to win 3-6 6-2 6-2.

Her aggressive style in the eight-player season finale was the backbone of her success, as she become the first athlete to go through the WTA Finals undefeated since Serena Williams in 2013.

The Ukrainian had defeated Kiki Bertens of The Netherlands to reach the final, while Stephens had beaten Karolína Plíšková of the Czech Republic. "It's going to bring me lots of confidence".

From 1 January 2017 Elina Svitolina won a tournament in Taipei, Dubai (twice), Istanbul, Rome (twice), Toronto, Brisbane, and the Final WTA tournament in Singapore.

Ukrainian Svitolina had arrived in Singapore woefully out of form, but the baseliner gathered momentum as the tournament progressed, winning all three pool matches and semifinal before subduing a fast-starting Stephens.

Elina Svitolina beat Sloane Stephens to win the WTA Finals.

Stephens' blistering forehand dictated proceedings, as she ran away with the first set.

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

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

Babos upped her game in the 11th game to break Siniakova's serve and then Mladenovic held her nerve to close it out.

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

She has now won 13 of 15 finals she's played in her career, including the last nine with her last final loss coming in 2016 to Petra Kvitova at the Zhuhai tournament.

The WTA Finals ends its five-year run in Singapore this season and moves to Shenzen, China for a 10-year run starting in 2019.

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

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