Sloane Stephens ends title drought

Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens won her first championship in almost four years. File photo: AFP/Tim Nwachukwu

Sloane Stephens is a winner once more.

The 28-year-old Floridian, who captured the US Open in 2017, won her first championship in almost four years on Sunday when she won the Abierto Akron Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico. She beat Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 to clinch the title.

Stephens was ranked No. 3 worldwide at one point but entered the match ranked No.57.

Stephens was undefeated in the first six WTA singles finals of her career, which included a Grand Slam championship at the 2017 US Open and a WTA 1000 crown at Miami in March, 2018.

Since winning a title almost four years ago, Stephens was 0-3 in her last three finals. Stephens had not made it to a final since 2018, when she played in the championship match of the year-ending WTA Finals.

In Guadalajara, Stephens put an end to that drought and became the third American to win a WTA singles title this season. The others being Amanda Anisimova at Melbourne Summer Set 2 and Madison Keys at Adelaide International 2.

Stephens also pulled even at 1-1 in head-to-head matches against Bouzkova.

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