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Sloane Stephens wins US Open for first Grand Slam title

Sloane Stephens wins US Open for first Grand Slam titleā€

Her three set win over Venus Williams in the semifinals was her only victory as an underdog, prior to the final against Keys, but all the same she took advantage of the draw she was gifted and made her mark.

Stephens, ranked 83rd, beat 15th seed Keys 6-3 6-0 in the final.

"I have no words to describe my feelings and what it took to get here", she added.

"I should just retire now", Stephens said during the trophy ceremony.

Originally from Florida, she now lives and trains in California.

Her world ranking slid to 957 before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, following her win, Stephens became the first American woman apart from the Williams sisters (Venus and Serena) to win a major singles title since Jennifer Capriati at the 2002 Australian Open.

Both women in the finals are from America, as were the two who were eliminated from the semifinals. "It's like I said before on the court, the proof is in the pudding". She split two lopsided sets with seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams before pulling out a thrilling third set.

Both women are coming off injury-plagued 2016 seasons, as Keys underwent left wrist surgery last November and did not begin her season until March.

After a rough start, Williams fought back brilliantly and was close to beating Stephens.

"I think right now it's not the time to kind of try to sort of through my emotions, because I don't even know where I am".

She said: 'It was definitely well competed. "I'm just happy to be in the final".

Playing with much composure than her friend on Saturday, and committing fewer errors, she broke Keys' serve to go up 3-2 in the first set. "She is the most graceful, the most elegant player".

"I have known her for a long time", Stephens said.

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

"Obviously when you get in positions like this and you get nervous and tight, for me personally, I focus on my feet", she said. "Venus still wants to be the leader of the group and the best player". Keys is the higher seed and the legitimate (slight) favorite based on her 2017 resume, but I love the way Stephens has played in NY.



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