Sloane Stephens shows solidarity with Ukraine, pledges to donate money

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Sloane Stephens shows solidarity with Ukraine, pledges to donate money

USA's Sloane Stephens was happy for her victory in Guadalajara but also expressed her concern for the people of Ukraine as she has called for peace in the world. Stephens, 28, captured her first title since the 2018 Miami Masters after beating Marie Bouzkova in the Guadalajara final.

Stephens wants to do good in these challenging times as she has pledged to donate money to several humanitarian organizations. "The first title as Mrs. Altidore," Stephens wrote in a message posted on her Twitter account.

"What an amazing week in Guadalajara! Thank you to everyone for for the support! It feels so great to be out here doing what I love and getting to see my hard work pay off. "This is such a bittersweet moment for me to celebrate this win as, like many of you, I've been watching the news all week, and I'm truly heartbroken for the people in Ukraine.

I stand in solidarity with my fellow @wta athletes in their calls and prayers for peace and with out global community, calling for an immediate end to this violence. "In support of aid efforts, I will be donating to @wckitchen, @rescueorg, and @unicef."

Stephens on winning Guadalajara

Stephens' run to the Guadalajara title wasn't easy as she won her last three matches in three sets. In the final, Stephens defeated Bouzkova 7-5 1-6 6-2. "It’s the beginning of the season, so there’s still a lot of tennis to be played, but I’m excited to be able to put some matches together," Stephens said after winning Guadalajara.

"Excited that I was able to do that, get a title, and hopefully continue on with that momentum. "I think I prepared all last year, I committed to training and my fitness and everything. Obviously I didn’t get results right away, but now seeing the fruits of that labor blossom is nice.

"I still want to get back to where I was, that’s still really important to me. I think it’s possible, it’s doable, so I’m really excited about that."