Stephens downs Ostapenko to win Miami Open

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens beat Jelena Ostapenko in two sets

Sloane Stephens won her hometown tournament, a title that nicely complements her U.S. Open championship, by beating Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the final at the Miami Open.

Stephens took the next six games on the spin to win her sixth WTA title, while also maintaining a ideal record in finals.

Stephens can definitely break Ostapenko's run of sets and be the first to take a set off her, and she just might have that edge in the final.

After seeing her ranking drop as low as 957 in 2017 largely due to a left foot injury, Stephens will now debut in the top-10 of the WTA leaderboard. However, after picking up two wins in Indian Wells, the 13th seed beat the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber to reach the final in Miami, and was mostly in control of the final today.

While the history and memories from Key Biscayne will be hard to replicate, the future of the Miami Open is bright as a new chapter begins next year at the nearby Hard Rock Stadium. "I've had some incredible experiences here, and I'll definitely miss it".

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In the second set Ostapenko got an early break but it would be her only game as Stephens steamrolled to the title.

Ostapenko came into the encounter having not lost a set but the Latvian's efforts were washed away in a sea of errors and an inability to puncture the Stephens defence.

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

"I think coming back to play tennis, it just - I feel so good that I'm able to compete every week".

"Everything that is special or important to me I keep at my grandparents' house", she said, a big, toothy smile emerging from beneath her baseball cap.

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Mike and Bob Bryan won their 115th doubles title and their biggest in almost two years when they beat Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-4. She won the next two points with good defense to make it 4-2, came up with a little extra kick on her second serve for 5-2, and finally pulled the trigger on her forehand return to make it 6-2.

After her remarkable triumph at Flushing Meadows back in September, Stephens has largely struggled, not picking up single victory after her maiden Grand Slam triumph until Acapulco at the beginning of March.

Stephens said she benefited from a pep talk by her coach after the opening set.

Stephens had shown improved speed as she continued to return Ostapenko's hits, before finally coming alive in attack at 3-1 with a deft drop-shot and a brilliant cross-court victor as the finish line came into sight.

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

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"Even when I am down or people are doubting me, there are so many great opportunities out there I didn't worry". "That's because they appreciate it as much as I do".

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