Kevin Anderson (tennis)

Comeback kid: Stephens rallies for spot in Miami Open final

Sloane Stephens has a simple approach to her game these days.

"Keep fighting," she said.

That was Stephens' mantra when her U.S. Open championship last year was followed by eight consecutive losses, a staggering, frustrating and almost inexplicable freefall. And those words kept popping into her head Thursday, when she shook off a very slow start to beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals at the Miami Open.

Stephens' opponent in Saturday's final will be sixth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, who beat American qualifier Danielle Collins 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the other semifinal Thursday.

"In the first set, I was down but came back and I battled...