Two undefeated players in Sloane Stephens and Elina Svitolina will meet for a first WTA Finals title in Singapore on Sunday.
Stephens, the former US Open champion, dropped the opening set 6-0 and went down 2-0 in the second to Karolina Pliskova then found her form to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-1, taking 12 of the last 15 games.
“I came out here a little bit nervous, and I wasn’t really feeling the ball,” Stephens said. “Obviously, I knew playing Kaja was going to be a really tough match. I mean, when you say you’re going to ‘give someone a lesson’ – she was absolutely working me today.
“I had a bit of an adrenaline dump after I finally won one game – I was really fired up, so I was like ‘Okay, come on, let’s do this. I can win one game, maybe I can win two, then three.’ And I just started to feel the ball a little better.
“Again, all credit to her. I just tried to stay in it, and get as many balls back as I could. I’m just really proud of my fight today.”
Svitolina made her first WTA Finals title match taking out Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-4.
“It was such a tough battle today and I’m very happy I could win in the end. It means a lot to me,” Svitolina said.
“I think physically, in the end, it was just about running and chasing every ball down. I think the level was very tough and we were both playing very good tennis. I’m very pleased that I could stay in the match and close it.”
Stephens leads 2-1 over Svitolina.
“I think that will be a great match tomorrow, but it doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past,” Stephens said. She owns a 2-1 win-loss record over the Ukrainian, with both wins coming on hardcourts.
“Obviously this is a completely different surface. We are playing indoor hard. It’s completely different. And there is a lot on the line. I think we are just going to both go out and play as hard as we can, and I think it will be a great match.”
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