Sloane Stephens rallies past Karolina Pliskova, reaches title match at WTA Finals

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The match lasted 2 hours and 25 minutes.

She broke Stephens' serve to go up 3-1, only to get broken back. Svitolina broke back immediately to take a 4-2 lead.

"I came out here a little bit nervous, and I wasn't really feeling the ball", Stephens said after the match on court.

"After the US Open past year, everyone was, like, 'Oh, she's a one-hit wonder, she'll never do anything again, it was just lucky, no one was playing, blah, blah, blah, '...this season I was like 'I really want to play a little more consistent, I want to have some better results in the bigger tournaments and just do better to show that I'm a Top 10 or top-whatever player".

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Stephens is unbeaten having won all three of her group matches, including yesterday's straight sets triumph over her bunny, Angelique Kerber, while Pliskova mixed impressive two-set victories over defending champ Caroline Wozniacki and fellow Czech Petra Kvitova with a three-set loss to Svitolina.

She has won one title at Miami this season. With the Dutchwoman threatening to break back, it was Svitolina's determination and ability to track down every ball that forced Bertens to go aim for the line as she just missed.

"Again, all credit to her. I'm just really proud of my fight today".

Elina Svitolina reached the biggest final of her career as she overcame Kiki Bertens in three sets to secure a place in the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals.

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The world No.7 was dictating terms as a leaden-footed Stephens struggled to match Svitolina's relentless pace and once the Ukrainian moved 3-0 ahead after edging two epic games, the American could sense her chances were slipping away. However, Svitolina took two consecutive feeding of your opponent in the tenth game of the double-played the break point of the competitor and completed a match point.

Sloane Stephens overcame a awful start against Karolina Pliskova to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Saturday, setting up a championship match against Elina Svitolina.

Roger Federer won his 99th career ATP Tour title, beating the Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to capture his ninth Swiss Indoors crown in his home town of Basle.

Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori both boosted their hopes of qualifying for the ATP Finals by making the final of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

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It is the first time the world No. 7 has beaten No. 6 Stephens on a hard court.

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