Elina Svitolina reached the final of the WTA tournament

Kiki Bertens BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global WTA Finals Simona Halep Karolina Pliskova Garbiñe Muguruza Elina Svitolina Caroline Wozniacki Venus Williams Jelena Ostapenko Caroline Garcia

Kiki Bertens BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global WTA Finals Simona Halep Karolina Pliskova Garbiñe Muguruza Elina Svitolina Caroline Wozniacki Venus Williams Jelena Ostapenko Caroline Garcia

She improved to 13-2 in career finals, not losing a match all week in Singapore.

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.

Svitolina has been in brilliant, aggressive form in Singapore, beating defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Czech players Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova at the group stage, and Kiki Bertens in the semi-finals.

"Well, I have nothing to prove anymore to anyone", Svitolina said after recording the best win of her career.

"I was thinking I'm going to lose zero and zero".

Svitolina held another tight service game to stay alive in the opener, but Stephens sealed the set when her opponent could only find the net with a backhand.

Naomi Osaka of Japan is comforted by Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands after retiring from the match in the Women's singles against during day 6 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals.

Bertens saved one set point on her serve in the 10th game of the first set, but couldn't repeat that trick in the 12th game, double-faulting at 15-40 to surrender the set.

Stephens' blistering forehand dictated, as she ran away with the first set. Even though she still struggled on serve, Svitolina attacked on return and broke twice to wear down a suddenly passive Stephens.

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With both trying to put pressure on each other as they rallied, Svitolina was the steadier of the two in the second set.

She then staved off a break point to level at 2-2 and subsequently broke to love as the momentum swung firmly in her favour thanks to Pliskova spraying narrowly wide again.

There was no looking back for Svitolina, who defended solidly and attacked when she could.

Svitolina immediately took control in the third, breaking for a 3-0 lead.

"I had a bit of an adrenaline dump after I finally won one game - I was really fired up, so I was like 'come on, let's do this".

The world number seven from Ukraine has won all four matches in the season-ending tournament this week and believes she can improve her disappointing record in majors next year by adopting the same positive approach.

In the middle of the first set tennis players have exchanged breaks, then take your submission.

Svitolina outlasted the world number nine 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 in two hours and 39 minutes to continue her bid to make amends for a lacklustre early exit past year.

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