Confident Sloane Stephens downs Osaka in Singapore

Sloane Stephens 2018 WTA Finals

Osaka's poor percentage of first serves and 46 unforced errors helped her predecessor as US Open champion take the win in 2 hours 24 minutes.

Stephens also hit 16 fewer unforced errors than her opponent during the 2hr 24min match, during which the crowd held up signs in English and Japanese to cheer Osaka on.

"I had my chances in the second set but she played some unbelievable tennis to win that one, and it felt like there was only one or two points in the decider", Wimbledon champion Kerber said in a post-match interview.

Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens, who are both 1-0 in the Red Group, were playing in the second match on Wednesday.

The American struggled mid-match but fought back from an early break in the third set to prevail 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-3 in two hours and 20 minutes.

Broncos cut Chad Kelly after criminal trespassing charge
Kelly was arrested after police responded to a call about a man who'd stumbled onto their property dressed in a cowboy costume. Kelly appeared in court on Tuesday morning, and his case is scheduled to be heard on November 8.

Fifth-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States won 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 over fourth-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan on Monday in the Red Group of the WTA Finals, the eight-player, season-ending event held in Singapore. The 21-year-old then rallied to break again and retain some hope of a comeback win in a deciding set.

After Osaka wasted a chance to level things up when she declined to challenge a call that would have been ruled in her favour, Stephens took command of the match.

"It was a slow start but I was really happy to turn around this match".

Osaka's serve deserted her in the final set as she was broken three times.

World No. 6 Stephens has moved into pole position after her second straight victory. "I think that this tournament is really special in that way, because there is no other tournament during the year that does a round-robin format", she said. I just tried to think that you learn more when you lose, so what can I learn from this match and try to apply it to the next match?

Raikkonen breaks through to win USGP; title fight goes on
He started fifth because of a three-spot grid penalty for driving too fast while under a red flag during a Friday practice. I'll be here for the next few hours for all the build-up, live updates and reaction from the 2018 US Grand Prix.

Bertens only qualified just days before the tournament after world number one Simona Halep withdrew due to injury.

Each woman broke serve six times in the match, and the Dutch World No.9 overcame 12 double faults on her own delivery in the match to secure two key holds in the final set.

The break was enough for Kerber to seal a brilliant win, with Osaka crushing a backhand into the net on the German's first match point.

"I mean, I didn't play bad in the second".

"I knew from the very beginning it was going to be a tough match, so I was going to have to stay in a lot of long points and make sure that I made a lot of plays on the ball, which I did".

Your Ball: So, what are your first impressions of Lakers?
You took over a team that had won just 17 games before you got here and coached it to 27 wins in your first season, 35 in your second.

"Obviously playing someone with a lot of confidence is always a tough task, but I think that I played well and I kept a good attitude".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Saudi Arabia Sends $3 Billion to Pakistan to Deal with Financial Crisis
Oct 26, 2018 - 06:04
Answering a question regarding Yemen , he said the government stance would remain the same and no soldiers would be sent there. Separately from the Saudi influx, Pakistan is also seeking an International Monetary Fund loan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Suspicious package addressed for Biden's DE home
Oct 26, 2018 - 00:04
Over the years, De Niro has expressed his support of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and his utter distaste for Donald Trump . The package, now considered suspicious because of its similarities to others, was misaddressed and returned to the sender.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ‘Halloween’ Reboot Slays The Competition At The Box Office
Oct 24, 2018 - 05:00
While Halloween H20 was initially conceived to be one big 20th-anniversary celebration, the film hasn't lasted the test of time. Coupled with Halloween's $14.3 million global opening gross , the slasher movie made a total $91.8 million worldwide.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Denver Broncos QB Chad Kelly arrested for trespassing, police say
Oct 24, 2018 - 04:50
Kelly then played one year of football for a community college and in December 2014 transferred to the University of Mississippi. Kelly matched the description given by the victims, which aligned with what police saw on security footage of the incident.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Raiders trade Amari Cooper to Cowboys for No. 1 pick
Oct 24, 2018 - 04:05
He's no Odell Beckham, but he does give the Cowboys a reliable weapon that can hurt the Eagles where they're most vulnerable. Despite having been to the Pro Bowl twice in his first two seasons, Cooper is considered to be a very inconsistent player.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dodgers advance to second straight World Series
Oct 24, 2018 - 03:59
Players to watch: A midseason trade for former Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado helped the Dodgers bolster an already unsafe lineup. Hader said he hopes the Brewers can use their postseason experience to their advantage next season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump says 'full efforts' under way to stop migrant caravan
Oct 24, 2018 - 03:03
But the direct, public pressure from Trump puts Mexico , already an uneasy ally the last two years, in an uncomfortable spotlight. Before dawn Friday, the migrants chose to wait a few more hours for stragglers to arrive before heading to the border crossing.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Real Madrid target former Chelsea boss for manager's job
Oct 24, 2018 - 00:19
Talking to reporters, he said: "If you sack the coach you have to sack us all because we are the ones on the field - this is something for everyone, not just the coach".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China slams Donald Trump's nuclear treaty 'blackmail'
Oct 24, 2018 - 00:00
Bolton spoke with two Russian media outlets while in Moscow , emphasizing his belief that Russia is violating the agreement. And it includes China , and it includes Russian Federation , and it includes anybody else who wants to play that game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rob Gronkowski’s absence may slow Patriots down in Chicago
Oct 22, 2018 - 07:26
Gordon made four catches for a team-leading 100 yards as the Pats beat the Chicago Bears 38-31 at Soldier Field on Sunday. We had a jumper and everyone else kind of playing for the tip.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Purdue burns Ohio State with fake FG, which leads to TD
Oct 22, 2018 - 07:24
A trendy upset pick heading into this college football weekend was the Purdue Boilermakers taking down the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Buckeyes' only score of the first half - a 24-yard field goal by Blake Haubeil - was partly gift-wrapped.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amritsar train accident: Driver detained, says had been given green signal
Oct 22, 2018 - 06:05
Top police officials have also been asked to stay in Amritsar till they are required to ensure that the situation stabilises. A state of mourning has been declared - offices and schools in Punjab will be closed on Saturday, Reuters reports.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pre-Orders for iPhone XR Available Starting Tonight!
Oct 22, 2018 - 03:43
The iPhone XR starts at $749 for the 64GB configuration or about $37.41 a month for 24 months via Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program. The Apple iPhone Xr will be available for pre-order this week, and local stores have unveiled their pricing for the device.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Steelers aren't expecting Bell to return this week
Oct 20, 2018 - 05:15
Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Steelers as of early Sunday evening had heard nothing at all from Bell. From a financial standpoint, it makes sense for Bell to report at some point in the next week or so.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple's incoming iPad Pro 'confirmed' to ditch Lightning for USB-C
Oct 20, 2018 - 05:09
There have been growing rumours that Apple will also launch an updated version of the Apple Pencil, aka the Apple Pencil 2. The MacBook Pro 2018 was released with a touch bar in July, but there are many other Mac devices that we are waiting for.