Stephens beats Keys to win first US Open

10 September, 2017, 12:39 | Author: Nora May
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It's been 15 years since two U.S. female players met in the finals of the U.S. Open, when Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus, 6-4, 6-3.

She improved to a ideal 5-0 in career finals.

The first American woman from outside the Williams family to win a major singles title since Jennifer Capriati at the 2002 Australian Open, Stephens collected £2.84m in prize money. In doing so, Stephens became the first US women's player other than Venus or Serena Williams to win the event since 1998.

"I'm honored to be playing at the same time as her", said Stephens, whose ranking once stood outside the top 900 due to the injury.

Williams has the opportunity to enter into her third major final of the season.

"If there's someone that I had to lose to today, I'm glad it was her". Contrary to Stephens' match, there weren't any challenges for Keys to overcome in her match. She hasn't been to a U.S. Open semifinal in seven years, and hasn't won a Grand Slam of any kind in more than nine years.

REX  Shutterstock Sloane Stephens of USA celebrates winning the Ladies Final with Madison Keys and the winners cheque US Open Flushing Meadows New York USA- 9 Sep 2017
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In the first set, Stephens gets 6 points while the Willaim gets 1 point only. Stephens was unable to walk after an operation on her left foot.

"It's really wonderful. I have known Sloane for a long time and she's a close friend of mine".

Since then, she has racked up 14 wins in 16 matches, reaching the semi-finals in Toronto and Cincinnati before making a second career semi-final at the majors in NY. When it was just about over, he said that while Madison has a lot for which to be proud, "Sloane (Stephens) is just playing rock-solid tennis".

"I told Maddie [Keys] I should just retire now", said Stephens post-match.

The 23-time Grand Slam Champion then revealed on Twitter in April that she and fiancé Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, were pregnant with their first child and she would not play again this year. To play her was really special.

"I knew I was going to have to play my way into shape and I think I've done that pretty well", said Stephens, who was still in a walking boot a month before she played at Wimbledon in July.

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