Elina Svitolina’s defensive masterclass seals WTA Finals win against Stephens

• Elina Svitolina defeats Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
• ‘This is a very special moment for me,’ says Ukrainian

Elina Svitolina stretched every sinew in a brilliant display of defensive tennis to register the biggest win of her career when she rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory against Sloane Stephens in an enthralling WTA Finals title decider on Sunday.

Svitolina had arrived in Singapore woefully out of form but the baseliner gathered momentum as the tournament progressed, winning all three pool matches and a semi?final before the Ukrainian subdued a fast?starting Stephens.

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