Sloane Stephens after reaching US Open final: 'American tennis is doing great'

by Leon Thompson September 10, 2017, 12:37
Sloane Stephens after reaching US Open final: 'American tennis is doing great'

"I've known Sloane for a long time and she's a close friend of mine so to be able to play her and both of our first finals is a really special moment especially with everything we've gotten through this year". Stephens is in her first grand slam final appearance and is 4-0 in final appearances overall for her career.

Williams was pregnant when she won the Australian Open in January, leaving her one Slam singles title shy of Margaret Court's all-time record of 24.

The last time the U.S. Open had four American women playing in the semifinals was in 1981.

Serena Williams is planning to come back on the circuit next year, according to her coach Patrick Mouratogolou. To stand here with her today is incredible, that's what real friendship is, " the new champion said later.

In the second of two all-American semifinals, Keys was superb, setting up a meeting with Sloane Stephens in the decider, while Vandeweghe was well below her best. Andy Roddick, at the 2003 US Open, was the last American male to win a Grand Slam.

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Keys made it to the final after taking barely an hour to crush CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1 6-2.

Since then, she has racked up 14 wins in 16 matches, reaching the semi-finals in Toronto and Cincinnati before making a second career semi-final at the majors in NY.

"I knew that it was going to be tough", she told reporters about coming back from her 11-month absence. It hasn't always been pretty with Stephens this tournament, but she's willed her way to victory each time.

"I have no words to describe what I'm feeling, what it took to get here, just the journey I've been on, I have no words", she said.

In the decisive third set, Stephens broke Williams at love for a 6-5 lead when Venus smacked a backhand wide on game point. "I didn't really have much to do with anything out there", the 25-year-old Vandeweghe said. "I obviously didn't play my best tennis today and was disappointed, but if there's someone I have to lose to today, I'm glad it was her". She was then serving for the set, and she did it, securing the win.

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