ASB Classic: Sloane Stephens downs Julia Görges to win the title

Sloane Stephens won her second career title in a busy day for the American which involved finishing off her rain delayed semi final. beating Julia Görges 7-5 6-2, Stephens added to her Washington title which she won in 2015

Starting off early in the day, Stephens had to finish off her semi-final against Caroline Wozniacki and won in a second set tie-break to reach her second final. After rain stopped play in the first set at 5-2 to Stephens, the pressure was on the American to close out the sets which she did with ease before closing out the match in the second set.

Stephens does it all over again

Just a few hours later and she had to repeat the feat in the final against Goerges. The German, who changed her coaching team at the start of the year, had played some brilliant tennis to reach the final. 

Julia Görges' resurgence continued in some style as she reached the final (Source: Leblogsports)
Julia Görges' resurgence continued in some style as she reached the final (Source: Leblogsports)

After a close first set where Goerges had multiple break points to take a break lead at the end of the set, it was Stephens was was to take the initiative and took the set on her first set point as Goerges was serving to stay in. 

The second set was much different to to first as Stephens raced ahead to a 3-1 lead in the set. It was then a mixture of solid play from Stephens and what appeared to be Goerges accepting her fate as Stephens went ahead to get the opportunity to serve out for the title. Doing it with ease, she ended the match with a signature rasping forehand.

Title number two

In what was the first title win of 2016 on the WTA, the 22 year old will hope that this is just the start of a successful 2016 after what has been a roller coaster couple of years. She will now head on to Hobart in the hopes of continuing her form. As for Goerges, she will be happy with how her year has started after reaching a final and will look to continue her resurgence.