How Sloane Stephens' subtle athleticism brought her another big title

French Open champion Ostapenko made a series of unforced errors

Despite having fought back on so many occasions throughout the set, Ostapenko once again fell behind in the breaker, and this time couldn't fight back as Stephens took the tiebreak 7-5.

'It's super awesome because growing up in South Florida, a lot of friends and family are here so it's really awesome for me.

The title win at the 2018 Miami Open is the sixth WTA Tour singles title throughout her young career.

"I knew if I just got back to the drawing board I would be OK".

'It has been a long time coming, so finally I'm going to say a good prayer tonight because I worked hard for it'.

There's a fair gap between No. 10 and the top players; for example, she's more than 1,000 points behind No. 8 Venus Williams.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Half an hour after Sloane Stephens won her hometown tournament, she lingered on the confetti-covered court, posing for photos and signing autographs as if reluctant to leave Key Biscayne.

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

The title at this WTA Premier Mandatory tennis event is a special one for the 25-year-old American, who has struggled since winning her first Grand Slam title last September at the US Open. 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.

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"A final feels different, there was more pressure and I was missing shots I was hitting earlier in the week", she said.

But at this Miami Open, Ostapenko defeated No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina and No. 9 Petra Kvitova in straight sets.

"I'm playing the worst tennis ever", Ostapenko moaned to coach David Taylor when he came out for an on-court consult with his charge already down a set and 4-1.

"Comparing to the other matches I watched her play this week, she was moving really well".

Ostapenko had played and won five tie-breaks in the tournament already, but her tennis was still all over the place, while Stephens played the percentages.

Obviously, I missed the last clay court season, so I'm super excited to get back out there.

The 12th-ranked Stephens took home the trophy despite an unattractive stat line of six winners and 21 unforced errors, while Ostapenko struck only 10 winners and committed a whopping 48 unforced errors in just 20 games. "I was sometimes missing shots I was normally making this week".

It's something I really look forward to.

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