Sloane Stephens produced a masterclass to thrash Madison Keys and win the first Grand Slam of her career.
Stephens, an unseeded 24-year old, beat fellow American and No. 15-seed Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in just 61 minutes, capping a remarkably rapid rise after sitting out 11 months because of a foot surgery.
Madison Keys had come in the favourite; her higher ranking, ball-striking potency, amongst others, justified the tag, but Sloane Stephens had other ideas in mind. She simply gave Keys not much pace to work with.
“Sloane is one of my favourite people, I didn’t play my best tennis and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her,” said an emotional Keys.
Stephens responded, %E had surgery on Jan. 23 and if someone told me then I’d win the US Open, I’d say it was impossible.”
“Maddie is one of my best friends on tour, for us to be here is a special moment, I told I wish it could have been a draw.”
“I am going to support her no matter what. I should just retire now, I’m never going to be able to top this. I worked super hard to get back.”
The 83rd ranked Solane is now only the second unseeded woman to win the tournament in the open era, which began in 1968.
Also, she’s the first American woman from outside the Williams family to win a major singles title since Jennifer Capriati at the 2002 Australian Open. Stephens collected $3.7m in prize money.