Svitolina overcomes Bertens in gruelling WTA semi

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Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine celebrates after winning against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands after their women's singles semi final match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Earlier, Svitolina reached the biggest final of her career as she overcame Kiki Bertens in three sets. "I think I have nothing to prove anymore to anyone", she told the media after the final.

"I think physically I was a little bit stronger, and mentally I pushed myself a little bit more. That's what made the difference".

The No. 6-seeded Svitolina captured the title in only her second appearance at the year-end finals, a year ago losing in the round robin portion of the championships in her debut. Previous year we just about got a smile out of her after she beat Simona Halep in the last match and guaranteed Caroline Garcia (who came from a set and a break down to ruin the Ukrainian's chances to qualify).

He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind".

"I haven't been home since the US Open", she said. Even though my results weren't good, since Wimbledon, I had four or five weeks where I was on court and in the gym working.

"It feels fantastic, but there's still lots of work ahead of me tomorrow".

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"That's why I was a little bit sad".

Svitolina's triumph was her 13th victory in 15 finals and should fill her full of confidence as she looks to make a Grand Slam breakthrough in 2019.

Svitolina has a complete baseline game - consistency has been her watch word for many years now and she can trade both with the power players and those with a little more precision and placement, thanks to her movement around the court, and more importantly her ability to smack winners on the run.

Sloane Stephens has battled back from dropping the first set to love to reach the final at the WTA Finals.

Svitolina broke in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead, but Bertens immediately broke back before the Ukrainian secured the opening set 7-5 on her first set point. Stephens moved into a 5-3 lead and held on to take the set 6-4 after 83 minutes.

In the final of the tournament the first racket of our country beat the sixth racket of the world ranking American Sloane Stephens- 3:6, 6:2, 6:2. "I'll be up against a tough opponent and I'll have to play my absolute best".

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