Adding to her triumphant weekend, Stephens, who was seeded only 13th in Miami, will make her world top-10 debut Monday, after rising to No 9. Ostapenko is currently ranked fifth. Their error-strewn first set began with four consecutive service breaks and went to 6-6 before Stephens pushed ahead 6-2 in the tiebreak.
? @sloanestephens is just out here having some fun... pic.twitter.com/gPTrH9J3VaMarch 31, 2018
Ostapenko saved four set points but couldn’t halt Stephens as the Latvian lost her first tiebreak - and first set - of the tournament when Stephens' return pulled Ostapenko wide to the backhand and the Latvian netted. Ostapenko grabbed the first break in the second set, but Stephens broke straight back and cruised to victory in an hour and 31 minutes. The men's prize will be decided Sunday with American John Isner going for the biggest win of his career against Germany's Alexander Zverev.
Consider it done. @sloanestephens is your 2018 #MiamiOpen champion, defeating #Ostapenko 7-6, 6-1. pic.twitter.com/4hIDq4eHQN— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 31, 2018
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