Sloane Stephens Eyes Sixth Title After Reaching Miami Open Final

Sloane Stephens Eyes Sixth Title After Reaching Miami Open Final

Ostapenko has recorded quality wins over Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina, and she was all-but-unplayable in straight-setting Danielle Collins in the semifinals. I mean, I've idolized her my whole life. She became a mother late that year - her son's name, Leo, is scrawled on the sneakers she wears in matches - and returned to play Mallorca and Wimbledon last year.

"This is just such a special moment, I'm just trying to wrap my head around it".

After racing into a 4-1 lead in the first set, Collins held her composure to win the set 6-2 and gave herself a great platform to build towards a win. It seemed as if the crowd in Miami would be treated to an extremely close second set.

The leader among the semifinalists for aces, first-serve points, and service games won before the match, Collins failed to rely on her supposed strength, simply because Ostapenko used her serve more consistently to take the initiative. On a sultry evening here, when the persistent wind that has plagued so any matches finally expired, Collins certified Williams' opinion. While she put more than 70 percent of her trademark, heavy serves into play, she won just 51 percent of those points. I didn't come from a wealthy family so didn't start playing at the country club as a kid.

"It's different if you win a Grand Slam when you weren't even thinking about it, like Sloane did", Murray told ESPN. "There are days when they don't, and that wasn't today".

Danielle Collins, United States, def. Venus Williams (8), United States, 6-2, 6-3.

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Asked if she thought he had offered her a role on " The Apprentice " to keep her romantically interested, she said, "Of course". Afterward, he asked to see her again, she said. "But at the same time, maybe it'll work out, you know?" "But I didn't say no".

"I'm feeling wonderful now", said Latvian Ostapenko, who wore down Collins with a series of powerful groundstrokes.

Those circumstances and experiences also motivated Collins to attend - and finish - college, something neither of her parents had done.

The previously unheralded Collins, a Florida native who ended 2017 ranked 167TH but came into this tournament as the 93rd best player in the world, is certainly having a March to remember.

This month, she reached the third round at Indian Wells, and on Thursday, she conjured Victoria Azarenka right out of the Miami Open. Williams has won the Miami Open three times, in 1998, 1999, and 2001.

"You fight your tail off in those matches to be able to get to center court and play girls like that [the champions]". The American was crushing the returns and brought up five break opportunities in Ostapenko's first two service games alone, pushing her to deuce seven times.