"She is a great player and she was playing great and there was nothing I could do". "It's definitely a good statement for myself". "That's what made the difference".
The Bertens forehand once again did the damage as her return found the corner, and Svitolina could not retrieve it in time. Tennis players spent on the game for two hours and 42 minutes, playing all the sets. For years her clay court credentials were never in doubt, with all her seven titles coming on the dirt.
A gutsy Sloane Stephens recovered from early embarrassment to storm past Karolina Pliskova on Saturday, setting up a mouth-watering WTA Finals decider against in-form Elina Svitolina. So she was serving well, and I just wasn't being aggressive enough. "Obviously, it's not the way I wanted to finish, but I worked really hard to get here and I can be really proud of my result today".
Naomi Osaka with her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.
"These past five months, there have been lots of work that I was putting in". I've played so well this whole week, and I cannot let this be the last match of the season.it can't end like that. "But now I feel a bit more calm".
Stephens leads Svitolina 2-1 in their head-to-head stats, the American enjoying a straight-sets win over the Ukrainian in the last meeting at the Rogers Cup in August. "I knew that I had to play that kind of game, but that comes also with a lot of mistakes", she said. Pliskova served her fourth double fault to give Stephens a double break lead of 4-1 and she powered on to take her place in Sunday's final by wrapping up the set 6-1.
The twists continued as Svitolina hit back immediately and stormed home as a wayward backhand from Stephens sparked jubilation from the number six seed. Stephens brought it back to 3-2, but Svitolina ran the table from there to put the match away 6-2 with the help of a flurry of errors from the American. She quipped she was expecting more than a thank-you from the Frenchwoman who was downed in the semi-final by eventual runner-up Venus Williams.
"After the US Open past year, 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".
"That's I think what I did".