Sloane Stephens beats Madison Keys to win US Open title

Women's round-up Keys dumps out fourth seed Svitolina Vandeweghe into first US quarters

It has been a long wait but Keys, Stephens and Vandeweghe are now delivering on their promise and on Saturday one of them could grab a first major if seven-time major champion Venus does not add a third US Open title to her collection. If you're judging based on her last two matches, Keys looks like a Grand Slam champion waiting to be crowned.

Both women in the finals are from America, as were the two who were eliminated from the semifinals.

In the second set, Stephens broke with a forehand crosscourt victor past on outstretched Keys to grab a 2-0 edge, then broke again on a double fault for a 4-0 lead, Keys swatting the ball with her left hand as it bounced back at her.

"I should just retire now", Stephens said at the trophy ceremony, according to the Times. She ended up winning more points than I did.

"I don't know how I got here, just hard work, that's it".

Keys and Stephens will put their friendship to a grand slam test when the best friends battle in the final.

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

"Like I said, I played aggressively, and played the best point I could, and then she played a little better". Keys finished with 30 unforced errors, compared to just six by Stephens.

She said: 'It was definitely well competed. I got a lot of matches in. I hung tough, gritted it out.

An ESPN video of post-tournament ceremonies shows Stephens - Keys by her side - accepting the check. She was off the court for 11 months due to a stress fracture in her left foot, for which she had surgery earlier this year.

The victory completes a remarkable comeback from Stephens, who was ranked 957th in the world as recently as July 31. Stephens then lost in the first round in Washington.

But Keys can hold her head high, Feehan said. If someone would have told me I'd win the US Open, I'd say it was impossible. I told her I wish it could be a draw and if it was the other way around she'd do the same.

"I had to rise to the occasion and I'm just happy to be in the final".

"To share this moment on court is just unbelievable".



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