Sloane Stephens on Saturday afternoon defeated Madison Keys to win her first Grand Slam title at the 2017 US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 25 year old beat Keys 6-3, 6-0 in 61 minutes and with the title, moves up to World No.17 — a far cry from her No.975 ranking to start the summer. This was following a fracture to the bone near her ankle that did not allow her bear weight on it for 16 weeks.
“I had surgery on January 23 and if someone told me then I would win the U.S. Open, it would be impossible,” Stephens said.
The game gained a lot of publicity as it was the first All American women’s final since Serena beat Venus in 2002 and she enters the history books by being the first American woman not named Williams to win a Grand Slam singles title since Jennifer Capriati at the 2002 Australian Open. Stephens also joins a prestigious group of African-American winners of the U.S. championship, which began with Althea Gibson 60 years ago.
Stephens will earn $3,700,000 for winning the US Open (!!) and her glorious win is a big wake up to the sport that American women’s tennis isn’t defined by the Williams sisters. There is a bright crop coming up.
Stephens, from not able to stand and hit until May 16 and being the lowest-ranked player in history to win a Grand Slam title is truly inspirational
What a comeback!