French Open champion Ostapenko had not dropped a set all tournament until that point, and immediately broke the American in the second set.
Stephens will next be in action in just a few days at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, where she is the fourth seed and where she won the title in 2016.
"I'm just starting to finally put all of the pieces together".
South Florida native Stephens' triumph represented the invariably-linked connection between the history and prestige of 30 years of top-tier tennis on Key Biscayne and the contributions Florida as a global tennis hotbed has made to the sport.
The victory will be crowned come Monday as she'll make her long-awaited Top 10 debut, climbing to World No.9.
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He likewise said Morata now has the opportunity to help his call up for Spain's squad for the World Cup this year. Chelsea manager Conte, meanwhile, won the Premier League last season in his first year in English football.
'When I changed my perspective and I went and worked at Tennis Channel and I was finishing up school, like, I had so many things to look forward to and so many things that I knew in my life that I could accomplish.
"When David came on the court he was telling me to keep playing aggressive, to go for the shots", Ostapenko said on court.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Half an hour after Sloane Stephens won her hometown tournament, she lingered on the confetti-covered court, posing for photos and signing autographs as if reluctant to leave Key Biscayne.
The U.S. Open trophy that Stephens was awarded last September, for example, now holds a coveted place in the middle of the dining table in her grandparents' home in Fresno, Calif.
Stephens is powerful all-court player with a large swinging forehand and a very solid two-handed backhand that packs her punch.
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"I think that's what I did best today".
"A final feels different, there was more pressure and I was missing shots I was hitting earlier in the week", she said. "When she was hitting great shots, I just accepted that some good shots were going to be hit and just didn't harp on it too much". "She's been my favourite player for forever and this is just a special moment I'm trying to wrap my head around it".
There were boos ringing around Crandon Park when tournament director James Blake told the crowd that he would see them next year at the Hard Rock Stadium.
"I wasn't expecting a title here or anywhere, really. I have had some awesome experiences here, and I'll definitely miss it, but I think - yeah, I just feel fortunate that I was able to do that here in South Florida with all my friends and family watching".
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