Stephens beats Osaka at WTA Finals

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SINGAPORE (AP) In a match between the last two U.S. Open champions, Sloane Stephens came out on top.

The 2017 champion beat Naomi Osaka 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Monday at the WTA Finals, the season-ending tournament for the top eight players in the world.

Both players are making their debut appearances at the tournament, but Stephens appeared to be more composed while Osaka, who became the first Japanese citizen to win a Grand Slam title last month in New York, never seemed comfortable.

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2018 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 R. Nadal 7,660
2 N. Djokovic 7,445
3 R. Federer 6,260
4 J. Del Potro 5,760
5 A. Zverev 5,025
6 M. Cilic 4,185
7 D. Thiem 3,825
8 K. Anderson 3,730
9 J. Isner 3,380
10 G. Dimitrov 3,335
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2018 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 S. Halep 6,921
2 A. Kerber 5,375
3 C. Wozniacki 5,086
4 N. Osaka 4,740
5 P. Kvitova 4,255
6 S. Stephens 3,943
7 E. Svitolina 3,850
8 K. Pliskova 3,840
9 K. Bertens 3,710
10 D. Kasatkina 3,315
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