Current as champions at Roland Garros and the US Open, the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and American Sloane Stephens. Respectively, will star this Saturday a final ‘Grand Slam’ in the Premier Mandatory Miami. It will be the first time that the two tennis players Ostapenko and Stephens will face each other. And also, their premiere in the Miami final, a tournament that has seen their main leaders fall.
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Tired of being at the gates of the ‘top ten’ , Stephens already secured a place among the best in the world with his performance in Miami, where he also plays at home.
Ostapenko and Stephens, a ‘Grand Slam’ finalist
Born in the neighboring city of Plantation, the American has spent hours and hours of training on the slopes of the Crandon Park tennis center. Where on Saturday the public will support her mostly, including her family and friends.
Despite being below in the ranking, Stephens (12) has that advantage to defeat the 5 in the world, not in vain has won 17 of its last 19 games played in the US. With a statistical data of those who give confidence. He has won the five finals he has played.
The most outstanding triumph of those five was the US Open of 2017. It arrived at the 83rd position only 69 days after returning after an 11-month break due to an injury to his right foot and six weeks after seeing. His ranking fell to 957.
Stephens already knows what it is to win one of the best five of the circuit by eliminating this week in the second round the Garbiñe Muguruza, three world championships. Although before it had already fallen three others, Serena Williams, the Maria Sharapova and the Angelique Kerber
Precisely the German tennis player was his victim in the quarterfinals while in the semifinals he defeated by 3-6, 6-2 and 6-1 the former one and three times champion in Miami Victoria Azarenka, who had just eliminated her in Indian Wells two weeks ago.
The big surprise of the tournament
For her part, the Latvian got rid by 7-6 (1) and 6-3 in the semifinals of the great surprise of the tournament. The American Danielle Collins. He came from the qualifying phase and came with the moral through the clouds after defeating in quarters to the local star Venus Williams.
But Ostapenko showed his best tennis, full of depth and aggressiveness, to defeat Collins, 93 of the WTA. A day after repeating performance, including 44 winning shots, to defeat the world 4, the Elina Svitolina.
In her second appearance in the main draw in Miami, the young tennis player, 20 years old. He has risen 59 positions in the ranking compared to the one she had just a year ago. When she said goodbye to the Floridian tournament in the first round.
The cause of this improvement lies in her title at Roland Garros last summer. The first in her career, after winning in the final that was the best of the year on clay and current world number one, the Romanian Simona Halep.
In her first final of the year and the first of a tournament on the Ostapenko and Stephens Premier Mandatory circuit. Ostapenko arrives as the youngest player to survive until the last match of the Miami tournament since 2009. When a 19-year-old Azarenka raised the glass vase. That recognizes the winner all that remains is to know if Stephens allows it.
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