Miami Open: Sloane Stephens and John Isner are new Champions

2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to win her first Miami Open title.

Stephens had beaten three former Grand Slam champions – Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka before making it to the finals of Miami open.

The No. 13-seeded Stephens made 21 unforced errors compared to Ostapenko who made 48 which cost her a first win in Miami.

“She was moving really well,” Ostapenko said. “Sometimes I was going for an aggressive winner when I didn’t have to. I was sometimes missing shots I was normally making this week.”

“It’s incredible,” Stephens said. “I knew if I just got back to the drawing board I would be OK. I wasn’t expecting a title here. I just wanted to make sure I got my game back where I wanted to be.”

John Isner won biggest title of his career against Alexander Zverev in the men’s final. Isner gave the United States its first sweep at Key Biscayne since 2004, when the champions were Andy Roddick and Serena Williams.

Isner, who turns 33 this month, previously had been 0-3 in ATP Masters 1000 finals.

“You can’t replicate moments like this,” Isner said during the trophy ceremony. “I’m toward the latter part of my career; this is the best moment of my career.”

“I couldn’t have scripted this. I came into this tournament, I had won one ATP [World Tour] match all year and was playing very poorly,” Isner said.

“I won my first match in three sets and that’s how tennis goes – you start to gain a little confidence and next thing you know things start to roll your way.”

Mike and Bob Bryan won their 115th doubles title and their biggest in nearly two years when they beat Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-4.

After 32 years at Key Biscayne, the Miami Open will move to a new home next season and with Sloane Stephens having won the women’s title on Saturday, America waves goodbye to the historic venue with two home champions.

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