Sloane Stephens earns her first career title

Sloane Stephens earns her first career title 1024 683 Henman Communications

HEAD Racquet Rebel Sloane Stephens broke through for a first career title as she beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to win the Citi Open in Washington. The American ranked 35th, who recommends the HEAD Graphene Radical, came through a day after reaching her first final.

Stephens made it all look easy with a 6-1, 6-2 victory: “I just went out there and tried to play the best I could. I executed my game very well – it was just a really good day for me.” said the HEAD player now headed inside the Top 30 once again.

The 22-year-old Stephens was tipped as a breakout player after beating Serena Williams in a Melbourne quarter-final two years ago, but has taken time to develop and mature. “To get to this place, to get to this beautiful trophy, I had to go through a lot, but at the end of the day it was definitely worth it,” she said. Stephens finally came through for her biggest career success after losing six WTA semi-final matches.

In the men’s draw HEAD’s Marin Cilic missed a chance at the final in the American capital as he lost to Kei Nishikori 6-3, 1-6, 4-6 in a re-match of the 2014 US Open final won by the Croatian over the Japanese.