Sloane Stephens Just Won the US Open in an Incredible Comeback

Jessica Allison
September 10, 2017

She's experienced a nice career resurgence in 2017, making it to the finals of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but she failed to win in both tournaments. She is looking to end the longest drought between major titles (36 majors) and become the oldest woman to win a major in the Open Era.

After the first set, Sloane Stephens's U.S. Open semifinal against Venus Williams looked like it was going to be easy.

Stephens, who underwent foot surgery and missed 11 months of competitive play, was confident but patient from the start on Saturday in this matchup of two first-time Grand Slam finalists.

Serena Williams is planning to come back on the circuit next year, according to her coach Patrick Mouratogolou.

In her absence, however, not one, but four American women have been passed the baton, including her older sister, Venus, who went out in the semis. However, Stephens broke her serve twice to win the set.

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CoCo Vandeweghe outlasted Karolina Pliskova 6 (4)-7 (7), 3-6 while Madison Keys overpowers Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 to be in the semifinals.

The world number 83, up from 957 in July has won 14 of her past 16 matches, reaching the semi-finals at US Open tune-ups in Toronto and Cincinnati. I told her I wish it could be a draw and if it was the other way around she'd do the same.

Keys added: "Sloane is truly one of my favourite people and to get to play her was really special".

"I mean, there is no words to describe how I got here, the process it took or anything like that, because if you told someone this story, they'd be, like, 'That's insane.' I'm just happy to be here". "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". When it was just about over, he said that while Madison has a lot for which to be proud, "Sloane (Stephens) is just playing rock-solid tennis".

"She was playing a great first set", said emotional Vandeweghe, breaking into tears during her post-match media conference.

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