Stephens trumps Pavlyuchenkova to win Citi Open

Sloane Stephens made light work of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-2 in the final of Citi Open on Sunday to win her maiden WTA title. 

Stephens needed just 10 minutes to race out to a 3-0 lead in the first set, after winning 15 of the first 21 points. The 22-year-old broke Pavlyuchenkova five times during the first set to clinch the opener 6-1. 

The unseeded American continued to dominate in the second set, and broke Pavlyuchenkova three times – although she did relinquish one of those breaks. However, it proved of little consequence as she wrapped up the set 6-2 to seal the match in just an hour and four minutes.

The win will see Stephens, who is a former world number 11, break into the top 30 when the new WTA rankings are released later this week.

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