Friday, 16 November, 2018

Former U.S. Open champ Stephens qualifies for first WTA finals

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Frederick Owens | 18 October, 2018, 16:17

Stephens, 25, won her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 2017, but was knocked out in the quarter-finals by Anastasija Sevastova this year. The Romanian has won Roland Garros, became a champion in Shenzhen and Montreal, and at the Australian Open in Rome and Cincinnati and reached the finals.

Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens has qualified for her first season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, the WTA Tour said yesterday.

'I'm doing physio to try to make (my back) stronger, but I haven't practised 100 percent yet, ' Halep added.

"If I can't play here, I'm very doubtful that I will be able to play in Singapore". I don't know now, but for sure I will take a decision for my health first'.

Halep in the updated world rankings broke away from her nearest competitor Caroline Wozniacki on 960 points. Her barren run at the start of 2018 initially resulted in her leave from the top-10, but the Miami title allowed her to re-enter the elite batch.

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Halep has played 15 tournaments so far in 2018. She then lost in the first round at the US Open.

"My goal for the next years is to be better in this position, if I would be able to qualify again for the Finals".

Trailing 5-1 in the tiebreak, Garcia made the most of Pliskova's two backhand errors to clinch the opening set after just over an hour of play. "I've been anxious every day because every morning I was waiting to see how I felt when I woke up", she said.

"So it's pretty stressful but somehow it's normal because injuries are pretty normal when you play at the highest level".

Meanwhile, in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic overtook Swiss legend Roger Federer to claim the second spot.

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