Jelena Ostapenko downs Danielle Collins to reach Miami final
Jelena Ostapenko v Danielle Collins 7-6(1) 6-3

Jelena Ostapenko downs Danielle Collins to reach Miami final

30/03/2018

The Miami Open women's final will pit two reigning grand slam champions after Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko won their respective semi-finals in Florida on Thursday

U.S. Open champion Stephens again ended former world number one Victoria Azarenka's hopes of a fairytale comeback by beating her 3-6 6-2 6-1 in an afternoon encounter.

French Open champion Ostapenko beat unseeded American Danielle Collins in the nightcap, staving off a set point en route to a 7-6(1) 6-3 triumph.

American 13th seed Stephens has five career titles, while sixth seed Ostapenko has two heading into Saturday's final.

"I'm feeling amazing now," said Latvian Ostapenko, who wore down Collins with a series of powerful groundstrokes.

She hit 33 winners and ended the match in style with a running forehand winner down the line.

"I was fine until the end," Ostapenko said. "I was just trying to play my game and I'm really happy with the way I finished."

She said she had been working this year on her mental approach.

"Now I'm trying to be calm and I think it's helping."

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