Stephens rallies to reach final against Svitolina
Sloane Stephens overcame a terrible start against Karolina Pliskova to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Saturday in Singapore, setting up a championship match against Elina Svitolina.
“I came out here a little bit nervous and I wasn’t quite feeling the ball,” said the fifth-seeded Stephens, who is making her debut at the tournament this year. “I just tried to stay in it. I was very proud of my effort today.”
Both Svitolina and Stephens posted 3-0 roundrobin records before winning their semifinals. Svitolina became the Ukranian woman to reach the season-ending final after beating Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-4.
Roger Federer advanced to the 14th Swiss Indoors final of his career by beating seventh-seeded Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-4. Seeking a ninth title at his hometown event, and a 99th overall, Federer will play 93th-ranked Marius Copil on Sunday.
Kei Nishikori will try
AAto end his long losing streak in ATP finals and Kevin Anderson will go for his second title of the year at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday in Vienna. The fifth-seeded Nishikori reached his third final of 2018 after beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals.
Texas’ Roach suspended: Texas senior guard Kerwin Roach II was suspended for the Longhorns’ season opener against Eastern Illinois for an undisclosed violation of team rules that happened last season.
Iona senior forward Roland Griffin was kicked off the team after an altercation with an assistant coach. Griffin told Stadium he punched assistant coach Garfield Johns multiple times in self-defense Monday after a verbal argument in the locker room.
Former Kentucky commitment DJ Jeffries is staying close to home to play for his former coach. Jeffries – a 6-foot-7 small forward from Olive Branch, Miss. – announced he is now committed to Memphis, where he will play for former NBA star and new Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway,
AAwho was previously Jeffries’ coach on the Nike circuit.
Uno wins Skate Canada: Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan won Skate Canada International in Quebec, rallying in the free skate to edge Canada’s Keegan Messing.
Uno finished with a total of 277.25 points. Messing, the leader Friday after the short program, was second at 265.17. South Korea’s Cha JunHwan of South Korea took bronze with 254.77.
Biles fights through kidney stone at worlds: A bout with a kidney stone did little to slow down Simone Biles. The reigning Olympic champion easily posted the top all-around score of 60.965 during the early portions of qualifying at the 2018 world championships in Doha, Qatar, easily clearing the field and leaving little doubt that she remains atop the sport. Biles spent a portion of Friday night in the emergency room. The Americans, featuring three firsttime competitors at the world championship level, rolled behind their star.
12:55 p.m.: The team score of 174.429 was more than 12 points clear of second-place Japan, an absurd margin for a powerhouse program that shows no signs of slowing down.
Worley wins: Tessa Worley mastered tough conditions to win the seasonopening women’s World Cup giant slalom in Austria. Trailing leader Feder- ica Brignone by four tenths of a second after the first run, Worley posted the fastest time in the final run and beat the Italian by 0.35 for her 13th career win, and first at the Austrian resort. Olympic GS champion Mikaela Shiffrin finished 0.94 behind in third.
Chopper crashes outside stadium: A helicopter belonging to Leicester City’s owner crashed in flames in a carpark next to the soccer club’s stadium shortly after it took off from the field following a Premier League game.
The central England team said it was assisting authorities with “a major incident” at the stadium but there were no details about who was on board or their condition.