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Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens wins first WTA title since 2022

American tennis star Sloane Stephens won her first WTA title since the 2022 season at the Open de Rouen in France on Sunday.

Stephens, whose fame rose when she won the 2017 US Open title, defeated Poland’s Magda Linette in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, in just two hours and 10 minutes in the final on Sunday.

The last tournament where Stephens took home a winner’s trophy was against Mexico’s Abierto Akron Zapopan in February 2022. The victory at the Open de Rouen is her fifth WTA 250 title, but the eighth professional tennis title of her career. At the age of 31, Stephens made her mark back in the winner’s circle. Sunday’s victory was also her first title win on clay since the 2016 Volvo Car Open in Charleston, SC

Stephens showed a big smile after shaking hands with her opponent. It was clear to see how happy she was to add another title to her list of tennis achievements.

Stephens will likely play in a few tournaments before competing in the 2024 French Open, which starts in Paris on May 20.