Stephens goes from zero to hero with stunning turnaround in Singapore

Stephens goes from zero to hero with stunning turnaround in Singapore

It's been incredible to play against her here and, of course, I want to thank the crowd.

"I was thinking, "I made it all the way to the semi-final and I'm not just going to lose but this is so embarrassing", Stephens told reporters as she recalled her feelings at 6-0 and 2-0 down. Tried something a little different.

"I was clear with what I had to do on court", she said. "I think I did that throughout the year". "The third set really showed that I was mentally tough".

It was an unexpected result after Pliskova's early domination through power and precision to blitz through the first set in 31 minutes.

The second set began with the fact that the Dutch won two games in a row.

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The 24-year-old's momentum continued as she produced an astounding run down victor to break Stephens in the second game.

She made the extremely consistent Petra Kvitova look ordinary in her for round-robin match but fought hard against Karolina Pliskova to set herself up for a thriller at the finish.

Svitolina entered the final trailing Stephens 1-2 in their career head-to-head encounters.

The number six seed wore down Bertens to advance with a 7-5 6-7 (5) 6-4 victory in two hours and 38 minutes in Singapore.

Svitolina, the sixth seed, managed to seize on five out of eight break points she faced, and although the Dutch player created nine break points, she was able to convert only three of them.

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"After the US Open a year ago, 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".

Naomi Osaka of Japan is comforted by Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands after retiring from the match in the Women's singles against during day 6 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals.

For full-time meeting at the reporting Elina won the tournament three wins in three matches, but her opponent once was lost (lost to Sloane Stephens).

Svitolina just kept the ball in play and rallied from 3-5 down to send the contest into a tiebreaker, which the Dutchwoman edged after rediscovering her poise.

Bertens played too risky a brand of tennis, posting 41 winners to 12 for Svitolina, but also making 63 to 36 unforced errors.

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The Ukrainian raced to a 3-0 lead in the third set, but Stephens managed to secure a break in the fifth game.

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