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Sloane Stephens Wins US Open Final

‘Things just have to come together. And the last six weeks, five weeks, they really have.’

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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.

 

Stephens joked about Saturday’s win, “I should just retire now. I told Maddie I’m never going to be able to top this. I mean, talk about a comeback.”

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.

 

“I mean, things just have to come together,” Stephens said, “and the last six weeks, five weeks, they really have.”

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.

“Sloane is truly one of my favorite people and to get to play her was really special. Obviously I didn’t play my best tennis today and was disappointed,” Keys said. “But Sloane, being the great friend that she is, was very supportive. And if there’s someone I have to lose to today, I’m glad it’s her.”

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!

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