Sloane Stephens Crushes Madison Keys to Win US Open Women's Singles Title

Sloane Stephens reacts as the lid of the championship trophy falls off after the women's singles final of the US Open on Saturday. Pic  AP PTI

"It's been a great two weeks for American tennis".

While Williams has been the dominant force in American tennis and women's tennis, it's clear that Keys, 22, and Stephens, 24, are products of a generation that watched the 35-year-old achieve her glory.

Keys, despite playing a poor final, deserves credit for dominant quarterfinal and semifinal performances and also has a very bright future.

Stephens played her usual defensive tennis, forcing her opponent to make the extra shot and testing her patience.

"I have no words to describe what I'm feeling, what it took to get here", Stephens said after her match Thursday night.




"If there's someone I had to lose to today, I'm glad it's her", Keys said, according to the Guardian.

As the match ended, Stephens and Keys met center court and hugged for a while. The unseeded Stephens-ranked 83rd in the world after taking months off to deal with a foot injury-is now going to her first Grand Slam final. The last time was in 2002, when Serena Williams defeated her sister, Venus Williams. On Sep 7th, Keys entered into semi final by defeating Kanepi with a score of 6-6, 6-3.

Stephens is ranked No. 83 in the WTA Rankings, which is tied for the fourth-lowest ranked woman to reach the US Open semifinals since the rankings were introduced in 1975. Keys is simply playing out of her mind at the moment, as she's controlling the pace almost every point, serving extremely well and has far less unforced errors than in the past. Stephens then served out the match. It was a long, grueling recovery, but after a slow start to the hardcourt season, Stephens went on a tear. Madison Keys completed the clean quarterfinal sweep with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kaia Kanepi on Wednesday.

It has been a while since Williams won a major title, as 36 majors have gone since she won Wimbledon in 2008. Finally, Stephen won the match and entered into the finals. Keys tried to play aggressively but was pushed into 17 first set errors, compared to just 2 for Stephens.

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