Playing near-flawless tennis in her first Grand Slam final, Stephens committed just six unforced errors to defeat Madison Keys, 6-3, 6-0, in the first all-American US Open final since Williams vs. Williams in 2002.
In a women’s draw littered with upsets – only two Top 10 seeds reached the quarterfinals and no Top 8 seeds advanced to the semis – it seemed appropriate that the unseeded Stephens emerge as the champion, joining 2009 Open winner Kim Clijsters as the only unseeded women to accomplish that feat in the Open era.
That she did so at Keys’ expense was heartbreaking for the U.S. tennis fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium, who seemed torn between the two young Americans.
Her victory brings to 8, the number of American women who have won US Open singles titles, after Sloane Stephens defeated Madison Keys on Saturday to become the event’s newest champion. With her victory, Stephens joins six-time champions Chris Evert and Serena Williams, four-time winner Martina Navratilova, three-time champ Billie Jean King, two-time titlists Tracy Austin and Venus Williams, and 1998 winner Lindsay Davenport.