Stephens eases past compatriot Keys to win US Open title

Sunday, 10 Sep, 2017

But Vishnu has more motivation than most, he has Madison Keys, a role model from his town.

American Sloane Stephens has won the title of women's worldwide tennis in the United States, on Saturday, his first in a Grand Slam tournament in her career.

Neither Keys, 22, nor Stephens, 24, had ever reached a Slam final, only the seventh time in the Open Era (since 1967) two first-timers met for a women's Slam title.

"I would 1,000 percent go. I mean, talk about a comeback". She had an operation in January, and made her season debut at Wimbledon in July, exiting in the first round.

"Bad for her? She was in the finals, too", Stephens told her post-match media conference.

"I don't know if I have arrived or already arrived, been arrived", she said.

This was only the second time in the Open era that two women were making their Grand Slam final debuts against each other in NY. Told she had committed a puny six unforced errors, she blurted, "I made six unforced errors in the whole match?"

Keys - who faces Sloane Stephens in the final - insisted the medical attention she received was called for purely as a precaution.

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When the year began, Keys had just started hitting balls after surgery on her left wrist. The numbers ended on six and 30, and they demonstrated how Stephens ignored the circumstances to access her utmost form of demanding defense, while Keys couldn't do the same to pursue her customary attack. And if Stephens, Keys and Vandeweghe have anything to say about it, that number should only grow. Williams now found herself in rally after rally, with Stephens running down every one of Williams' shots, and using her combination of touch and power to force Williams into errors.

"I was at a level that I was able to play in the first match on Ashe but I was disappointed in the result".

The reaction was one of joy and shock from Stephens, but also respect for her good friend - who she embraced at the net before celebrating with her team.

"I'm happy that he scored two goals".

Presented with the winner's check, Stephens said, 'That's a lot of money. Stephens said. Keys eyed the check and teased, "I'll hold it for her".

epa06195233 A giant American flag is unfurled across the court during ceremonies before Madison Keys of the US and Sloane Stephens of the US play in the US Open Tennis Championships women's singles final at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 09 September 2017.

The all-American match featured a contrast in styles on Saturday, with the hard-hitting Keys unsuccessfully trying to impose her potent baseline game on her speedy and ultra-consistent countrywoman.