US Open: Sloane Stephens beats Madison Keys

The Latest: Keys, Stephens begin all-American US Open final

Sloane Stephens' epic comeback is complete.

For the first time in a long time in U.S. Open History, the Grand Slam trophy was awarded to an athlete not named Venus or Serena Williams.

Keys, Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe and Venus Williams became the first USA women to sweep all semi-final spots at a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 1985. The others were unranked Kim Clijsters in 2009 and No. 26 Flavia Pennetta in 2015. Two of those players - Venus Williams and Stephens - are African-Americans and Keys is bi-racial.

The 24-year-old came out firing at the start of the second set too, racing into a 3-0 lead before establishing a double break in the fourth game when Keys double faulted.

From there, Murray said, Stephens progressed to sitting while rolling around on an armless office chair. I said to her that I wished it could have been a draw. I haven't done any work for two weeks.

"I obviously didn't play my best tennis and Sloane was very supportive. That's what real friendship is".

"When I had surgery, I was not thinking that I would be anywhere near a US Open title". In fact, let me say it again because it sounds so hard to believe. "If someone told me then that I'd win the US Open, 'It's impossible, ' I would say".

"I definitely think my play today came down to nerves and all of that", she said, "and I just don't think I handled the occasion perfectly". "And I honestly wouldn't change it for the world". Her career earnings heading into this tournament were $4,519,709, with $310,546 coming this year. To play her was really special. Her mother, Sybil, was an All-American swimmer in college. Her late father, John Stephens, was an National Football League running back in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Her first singles title was in 2015 in Washington.


The potential has been there for her to win a grand slam, but what she's done this summer, considering the circumstances with her previous injury, is shocking.

But Stephens put up an impenetrable wall on Saturday on Arthur Ashe Stadium, making just six unforced errors in the entire match.

Stephens didn't play in the US Open past year because of the foot injury.

I should just retire now. "They're both going to be nervous, I think", said Wilander.

Keys and Stephens likewise turned into the main Americans not named Venus or Serena Williams to include in an wonderful hammer last since Lindsay Davenport lost to Venus at Wimbledon in 2005.

Yet there she was, lifting her first grand slam trophy on home soil, becoming the first American US Open champion since Serena Williams won her third successive title in 2014, and, with wide-eyed incredulity, collecting a cheque for £2.8million.

The world No. 83 took charge of the match from the beginning to grab the opener with relative ease, capitalizing on a disappointing number of unforced errors and shaky performance from Keys.

The former college player combined his coaching with a corporate job in pharmaceuticals until two years ago when he chose to go full-time. Once the 86 year-old was stabilized, Stephens rushed to France to compete without the time to prepare properly and subsequently sustained a stress fracture in her foot that would require surgery and rehabilitation and keep her off the court for 11 months. "I figure you could state, is truly incredible". The US Open runs through September 10. It's the 12th time that has happened in the Open Era.

Ricky contributes to 10sballs.com and also maintains his own tennis website, The Grandstand.

Stephens joins Muguruza, Ostapenko and Petra Kvitova as players born in the 1990s to win a grand slam title.

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