Stephens wins WTA title

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP): Sloane Stephens sat at a table for her postmatch news conference, eyed the big glass trophy sitting at arm’s length, and asked, “What happens to this?” Forgive the 22-year-old American for not knowing. She’s never been given championship hardware at a professional tournament before. Stephens earned a WTA title for the first time yesterday, overwhelming Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the hard-court Citi Open. “Nothing was rushed. Nothing was given to me. I had to work for everything. It was just nice that all of the hard work and everything I’ve put into it – now I can say that I have a tournament title,” Stephens said. “Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen.” It was her first final as a pro. Entering this tune-up for the US Open, she owned a .685 career-winning percentage at Grand Slam tournaments, including getting to the second week in seven appearances, with a semi-final showing at the Australian Open and quarter-final run at Wimbledon, both in 2013. At her news conference, a reporter mentioned that Stephens has been considered the best women’s tennis player without a title for quite some time. “Now you’ll have somebody else to talk about,” Stephens replied. “I’m sure there’s someone else, so I will pass that torch on to whoever’s behind me.”last_img read more

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Jack Rodwell finally leaves Sunderland after fruitless four-year spell

first_img poor Jack Rodwell has finally left Sunderland after a woeful four-year spell at the club.It was reported on Wednesday that the club and player agreed by mutual consent to end his contract prematurely. The 27-year-old’s prime years have gone to waste Kevin Phillips responds to rumours linking him with Sunderland job Latest Sunderland News in the ring Portsmouth and Sunderland among clubs to troll Southampton after 9-0 defeat interested GLOATING? Are Watford doomed or can they survive after just three points in eight games? review HOT HEADED DONE 1center_img Robins ‘totally invested’ in Coventry after rejecting Sunderland to sign new deal Man City breeze past Southampton, Leicester win, Everton edge past Watford ON THIS DAY Darren Bent recalls beach ball goal 10 years on: ‘It was Liverpool fans’ fault’ Rodwell has cost the club £73,000 per week since joining for £10m from Manchester City in 2014.His pay was due to drop to £42,000 as a result of the side’s relegation to League One, but this now need not apply. Study reveals the ‘dirtiest teams’ in Premier League history Ian Holloway ‘would run to Sunderland’ as former player backs him for job Sunderland legend reveals ‘good chat’ with club about returning as manager FAMILIAR FACE ‘They are legendary within the game’ – Parkinson privileged at Sunderland appointment staying Rodwell made just two league appearances for Sunderland as they were relegated last season and played a total of 76 games for the club in his four years at the Stadium Of Light.He has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer as well as Greek side Aris Thessaloniki.last_img read more

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