Stephens to meet Ostapenko in Miami final

01 April, 2018, 02:39 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Last year's US Open victor Sloane Stephens has made her maiden Miami final over three sets on Thursday, defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus again in the semifinals and will meet last year's French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia in Saturday's final.

While Stephens has won every one of the five finals she has contested in her career, a sixth in a row in front of her "home" fans would make winning the Miami Open for the first time even more special.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens turned on the style to qualify for the final of the Miami Open with an absolutely astonishing point typifying her performance.

In the semifinals Collins will meet No. 6 seed Jelena Ostapenko, who upset No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5).

"The first time I saw Venus in the locker room I almost cried", Collins said in an on-court interview.

"I think maybe the other tournaments I was trying to play more balls in the court and without any aggression" she had admitted before the match.

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It was an impressive display by the reigning US Open champion who booked her ticket for Saturday s showpiece with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 triumph, just 18 days after beating the Belarusian in straight sets at Indian Wells. "I've been playing tennis in Key Biscayne since I was 11 years old", Stephens said in her on-court interview. "And if I win the match, I win the match and it's awesome. If I lose the match, I lose the match knowing that I did everything in my power to put myself in the best situation".

She said she had been working this year on her mental approach.

Latvia's Ostapenko progressed later on Thursday with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 win over American qualifier Danielle Collins.

"She's a fighter. She won the French Open. When he's with me sometimes I feel like, you know, I want to take a little second for myself, but then that second is over and then I just keep missing my son", the 28-year-old said. "I've gotten stronger and that's a very, very good sign".

Big-serving Isner made the Miami semi-finals for the second time in four years, needing just more than an hour to overpower South Korea's Chung Hyeon 6-1, 6-4. "So I knew if I did that in the second I'd be right in there".

"As I said, just take care of my serve and hit my shots and just be calm out there and be relaxed".


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