Elina Svitolina of Ukraine poses with the Billie Jean King trophy after after her win against Sloane Stephens of the United States during the 2018 WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Photo: Sport Singapore
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine fought back from the opening set to beat Sloane Stephens of the United States of America 3–6, 6–2, 6–2 to win the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global championship on Sunday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The Ukrainian claimed the biggest title of her career, finishing 2018 with four titles in total, including Brisbane, Dubai and Rome.
Elina Svitolina in action. Photo: Sport Singapore
“I had to stay very solid and told myself I’m not going to step back and fight for every ball, not going to give any opportunity to her (Stephens) and just be very tough. I think this is what willed me to do it today,” Svitolina speaking about her performance during a post-match press conference.
She levelled her head-to-head record against Stephens to 2–2 after the 2 hours and 23 minutes battle.
Speaking during the post-match press conference, Stephens said: ”She played a really good match. She got really solid there and played some really good tennis.”
Timea Babos of Hungary & Kristina Mladenovic of France beat Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic in straight sets, 6–4, 7–5 to claim the 2018 WTA Doubles Championship title.
“It feels amazing; we were saying it feels like unreal and a fairy tale. To start the season, winning Australian Open was our first tournament of the season because we didn't play anything before that,” Mladenovic speaking during a post-match press conference.
Timea Babos of Hungary & Kristina Mladenovic of France kissing the trophy. Photo: Sport Singapore
The duo also claimed championship title at the Australian Open earlier this year with a 6–4, 6–3 win over Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.
The WTA Finals come to a close after five years in Singapore and will move to Shenzhen in 2019.
Billy Jean King, founder of the WTA, thanked Singaporeans for their hospitality to the WTA for the last five years.
“I just want to thank each and every one of the people here that have changed my life for the better,” she said.
Editor's thoughts: And so, the curtain has finally come down on this glamorous sporting event that first came to our shore five years ago. It has been a wonderful ride and we now bade farewell to these extraordinary and astonishing athletes as they move the event to Shenzhen. Personally, i still remember being in awe when they first arrived to compete in Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Being a sports editor, I was very lucky to be able to witness the competition in full swing. In the past, it was difficult to imagine that Singapore would play host to such world class sporting events. I mean, we are just a tiny island in Southeast Asia right? But wow, fast forward a few years and we are looking at the likes of Formula One and International Champions Cup being held on this little island. So, never say never. As we bade farewell to this event, I'm sure there will be many others that we can look forward to. Adios.