Sloane Stephens wins US Open for first Grand Slam title

Winner Sloane Stephens

Winner Sloane Stephens

Stephens, an unseeded 24-year-old, defeated no. 15-seeded Keys in their first ever US Open singles final.

Keys, for her part, dominated CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-1, 6-2 to reach her first career US Open final.

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

Not bad for a player who was out of the game for 11 months with a foot injury that required surgery.

Originally from Florida, she now lives and trains in California. Stephens was ranked 957th in the world just a month ago.

"For American tennis, there's no question mark", Stephens said.

"The proof is in the pudding".

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Saying earlier she was simply happy to be running around on courts, Stephens did a lot of running on Saturday to deny the 22-year-old Keys in what turned out to be a one-sided contest.

"It required a lot of fight and a lot of grit".

Keys added: "Sloane is truly one of my favourite people and to get to play her was really special".

"If she cares in every match she plays, like she did today, she's going to be up there in the rankings very quickly". I just tried to keep the best attitude, I had the best team, things just have to come together. The first title Serena won there was back in 1999 and the latest was 2014, a remarkable stretch. However, Stephens did win 48 percent of her return points and gave herself 12 break chances to pull away.

Keys, for her part, closed out the first set in 23 minutes but had to take a seven-minute medical timeout and returned with a strap around her right thigh. Now each is making her debut in a Grand Slam title match. However, this simply seems to be Keys' tournament, as all of her tools are working and the confidence is building with each point.

"I can just say thank you to my team that stuck with me and even in the toughest times, on my worst days when I was being insane, you guys stuck with me".

Whether she felt pressure playing a younger American on such a big stage was unclear.

"I'll hold it for her", Keys says twice, playfully beginning to grab the check away. "Venus still wants to be the leader of the group and the best player". "I told Maddy I'm never going to be able to top this", Stephens said, drawing laughs from the crowd.

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