9 Jan 2016

Stephens wins Auckland tennis final

5:41 pm on 9 January 2016

American Sloane Stephens has won the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland.

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens Photo: Photosport

The fifth seed beat Germany's Julia Goerges in straight sets in the final, Stephens winning 7-5 6-2.

Stephens had to back up from beating Danish third seed Caroline Wozniacki earlier in the day in the rain-disrupted second semi-final.

That match resumed in the morning after it was suspended the previous night due to wet weather, with Stephens up 5-2 in the first set which she quickly wrapped up 6-2 before she won the second set 7-3 in a tiebreak.

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic and her Spanish partner Silvia Soler-Espinosa also had to come back to finish Saturday's rain-affected doubles semi-final on Sunday - but they lost that in straight sets to Montenegro's Danka Kovinic and Czech Barbora Strycova, Kovinic and Strycova winning 6-4 6-4.

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