HEAD’S SLOANE STEPHENS COMPLETES SEASON TITLE HAT-TRICK IN CHARLESTON

HEAD's Sloane Stephens polished her perfect record in WTA finals for the season, as the 23-year-old lifted her third trophy in four months with a 7-6(4), 6-2 defeat of Russian Elena Vesnina to win the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, USA. Stephens, who recommends the HEAD Graphene XT Radical, added the deep south honor to those she has already claimed in Auckland and Acapulco since the start of the year.

Stephens had to fight for victory to post a 16-3 record for the season. She was forced to win a first set tiebreaker after failing to profit from a 5-2 lead over her Russian opponent. The HEAD player also missed out on three match points before finally getting her winning job done in just under two hours with five breaks of serve, winning four of the last five points. She now owns four career titles.

"I just said to myself, you have to fight for every point and compete. She's a great player, so I knew I had to stay in every point," the HEAD ace said. "When I got a couple of opportunities, I took them, so that was great."

Stephens moves to within the grasp of a Top 20 ranking, standing 22nd after her title success over 2011 finalist Vesnina. She now stands ready to make her European pre-Roland Garros start in a few weeks. "I love red clay, so starting in Madrid, I think I'll have a lot of fun and just look forward to the French Open," Stephens said.

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