On Saturday, Sloane Stephens won the US Open.
After sitting out for 11 months due to a foot surgery, the 6-3, 6-0 win was a huge victory for the athlete. The operation, which was performed in January, caused Stephens to have to exit the first round at Wimbledon in July.
She defeats Keys 6-3, 6-0.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2017
Before the US Open, Stephens was ranked 900th in the nation. Afterwards, that figure soared – she’s now ranked around number 20 as of Monday.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) September 9, 2017
Stephens claimed the last eight games of the Open and made only six unforced errors in the whole 61-minute mismatch, while Keys had 30.
Keys, 22, and Stephens, 24, have known each other for years. After the match had ended, the women joined at the net for a long hug.
The match was the first all-American women’s final at Flushing Meadows in 15 years, when Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus. Stephens was awarded $3.7 million for her win.
Congratulations, Sloane Stephens!