After Svitolina saved three consecutive match points in the second set tiebreak, Ostapenko hammered her 41st victor, a crosscourt backhand, on match point to end the almost two hour contest.
'It's super awesome because growing up in South Florida, a lot of friends and family are here so it's really awesome for me.
This is the previous year that the Miami Open is being held at Bey Biscayne in Crandon Park. "'Whatever people said, whatever, it is what it is, but now I'm here and I have this attractive trophy, and no one will ever be able to take that away from me, so I'm just going to walk with my head high and, you know, embrace it". "I knew if I just got back to the drawing board I would be OK". "I have wanted to be in the top 10 for so long".
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"I knew that I was just going to have to run a lot of balls down", said the victor.
"The way that she (Ostapenko) plays is she has a very aggressive style, and sometimes, you can't outhit her or outrun her".
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"A final feels different, there was more pressure and I was missing shots I was hitting earlier in the week", she said. 'Obviously I didn't start the year off great so to have a good result here is really important.
Where some great players use their athleticism to try to do more with the ball than their opponents, Stephens uses her to do less-or just enough. "I just accepted that some good shots were going to be hit and just didn't harp on it too much".
There were eight breaks of serve in the first set alone, with French Open champion Ostapenko hitting 29 unforced errors and US Open champion Stephens making just three winners.
"I'm playing the worst tennis ever", Ostapenko moaned to coach David Taylor when he came out for an on-court consult with his charge already down a set and 4-1.
It was the first time either player had made it to the final of a WTA Premier Mandatory event and Ostapenko, at just 20 years and 297 days, was the youngest finalist in Miami since Victoria Azarenka won here in 2009. When the USTA was here, we played Orange Bowl and all sorts of tournaments here. "I've had some wonderful experiences here, and I'll definitely miss it". "Hopefully I can make some dents there, as well, during the clay court season".
"I wasn't expecting a title here or anywhere, really. I just needed a little bit of a reminder to just go for it if I wanted to take the title".