Sloane Stephens fought back to reach her first final at the tournament ©Getty Images

Sloane Stephens set up a meeting with Elina Svitolina in the final of the Women's Tennis Association Finals after she produced a stunning comeback to beat Karolína Plíšková in Singapore.

The American, winner of last year's US Open, appeared to be on her way out of the season-ending tournament when she lost the first eight games of the match.

But Stephens demonstrated admirable resilience as she fought back to clinch a dramatic 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory at the Kallang Tennis Centre.

The triumph saw her progress to the final of the event for the first time, where she will face Ukraine's Svitolina.

The Ukrainian, the current world number seven, booked her place in tomorrow's showpiece match by defeating Dutch player Kiki Bertens in another three-set encounter.

Elina Svitolina beat Kiki Bertens to progress to the final ©Getty Images
Elina Svitolina beat Kiki Bertens to progress to the final ©Getty Images

Svitolina claimed the opener but dropped the second set before eventually prevailing 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 in an thrilling clash.

"It feels amazing," she said.

"It was such a tough battle today so I'm very happy I could win in the end. 

"It means a lot to me and I'm very happy to share this with you guys.

"Physically in the end it was about running and chasing every ball and I think that was very tough and we both were playing really good tennis so I'm pleased that I continued staying in the match and closed it out."