Elina Svitolina Beats Sloane Stephens to Win the WTA Finals

Elina Svitolina Beats Sloane Stephens to Win the WTA Finals

SINGAPORE — Elina Svitolina secured the biggest title of her career on Sunday, winning the season-ending WTA Finals.

The No. 6-seeded Svitolina rebounded from a one-set deficit for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Sloane Stephens, the 2017 United States Open champion.

“I think I have nothing to prove anymore to anyone, and it’s definitely a good statement for myself,” said Svitolina, a 24-year-old Ukrainian. “I think mental toughness is what I really had to show.

“I played great tennis and I worked my way into the tournament. It’s going to bring me lots of confidence.”

She raced to a 3-0 lead in the third set, but Stephens managed to secure a break in the fifth game. Svitolina broke back immediately to take a 4-2 lead.

Stephens, making her debut at the WTA Finals, surrendered her serve again on a first match point for Svitolina in the eighth game by sending a backhand crosscourt wide.

“I thought she played well, and it was obviously a tough match from the beginning,” Stephens said. “I was really excited to be here and compete with everybody.”

Svitolina is the eighth player — and the first since Serena Williams in 2013 — to go undefeated in winning the season-ending title, which features a three-match round-robin format at the outset.

She has now won 13 of 15 finals she has played in her career, including the last nine.

“Of course I know that I’ve won lots of finals,” Svitolina said. “For me, every final is a big challenge. I always try to be there for that challenge.”

The WTA Finals ends its five-year run in Singapore this season and moves to Shenzen, China, next year to begin a 10-year contract.

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