Stephens beats Keys to win US Open title

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Game. Sloane Stephens has got it.

US OPEN CHAMPION Sloane Stephens is more motivated than ever to win another Grand Slam - thanks to the $3.7 million she received for her success in NY.

This was only the second time in the Open era that two women were making their Grand Slam final debuts against each other in NY. At the four Grand Slam tournaments - the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open - men and women are paid equally. The others were unranked Kim Clijsters in 2009 and No. 26 Flavia Pennetta in 2015.

The American worldwide scored two goals in Toronto's 4-0 Major League Soccer victory over San Jose while Stephens was in the final.

Presented with the winners check, Stephens said, ‘Thats a lot of money.

"It's a special moment. I haven't done any work for two weeks", she said.

"When I thought about it afterwards one of the disappointments was that I wasn't able to play better, I wasn't really at my best". "To stand here together today is incredible, and that's what real friendship is". She reached the semifinals at Toronto and Cincinnati before heading into the Open. In fact, let me say it again because it sounds so hard to believe.

A year ago, she sat out the U.S. Open altogether because of what turned out to be a stress fracture in her left foot. 'You get the game taken away from you and then you come back, you start to appreciate it more. "And I honestly wouldn't change it for the world".

Stephens also praised her mother for her support. Her career earnings heading into this tournament were $4,519,709, with $310,546 coming this year. "If I'm going to lose to anyone today, I'm glad it's to her", she added. Her late father, John Stephens, was an National Football League running back in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Keys lost just three games in her semi-final victory over Coco Vandeweghe, when she landed 24 winners and leaked just nine unforced errors.

Her first singles title was in 2015 in Washington.

She was ranked just No. 956 in the world when August began, but after a successful month and the Grand Slam victory, she will elevate to No. 17. She's one of three players who have never held the No. 1 ranking who have beaten both Williams sisters in grand slam events. "I think this sport is becoming more accessible but we always need to have players at the top that kind of show it is possible". "I didn't know if everything was still going to be right" - Sloane Stephens. "Obviously there's going to be more responsibilities and all the things I'll have to do, but I'm going to try everything the same", she said. "I mean, talk about a comeback".

Keys texted Murray a couple of days before the U.S. Open began to arrange a practice session with Stephens.

The former college player combined his coaching with a corporate job in pharmaceuticals until two years ago when he made a decision to go full-time. "You think about the legacy of American tennis and you think about Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, and I am sure Frances and others are aware of his tennis history". For example, Serena Williams has won 23, Roger Federer has won 19 and Rafael Nadal 15. It's the 12th time that has happened in the Open Era. Whether reluctantly or not, Serena may be passing the torch of tennis greatness to Stephens, one Black woman to another.

Stephens joins Muguruza, Ostapenko and Petra Kvitova as players born in the 1990s to win a grand slam title.

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