Stephens ral­lies to reach WTA fi­nal

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SIN­GA­PORE (AP) — Sloane Stephens over­came a ter­ri­ble 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.

Both Svi­tolina and Stephens posted 3-0 round-robin records be­fore win­ning their semi­fi­nals.

Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open cham­pion, let out a huge yell on break­ing her Czech op­po­nent’s serve in the third game of the sec­ond set af­ter trail­ing 6-0, 2-0. Pliskova was only a point away from a 3-0 lead in the sec­ond set. From there Stephens found her foot­ing and sev­enth-seeded Pliskova be­gan to de­rail.

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