In dominant fashion, Sloane Stephens defeated Madison Keys in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 to capture the 2017 U.S. Open Championship. The victory capped off an incredible comeback for a player who was once ranked as high a No.11 in the world.
The unseeded Stephens, who was ranked No. 957 at the start of the summer and is now at No. 83 in the world (and climbing) crushed her close friend and fellow Grand Slam debutante, 15th-seeded Madison Keys in just one hour of play.
“It’s incredible,” said Stephens. “I had surgery Jan. 23. If someone had told me then that I would win the US Open, ‘It’s impossible,’ I would say. This journey has been incredible, and honestly, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Make no mistake about it, Stephens’ road to the finals was tried and tested. Of the seven opponents she defeated en route to her first ever Grand Slam title, five were seeded players, including tennis legend Venus Williams in the semi-finals.
Stephens, who at 24-years old, becomes the first American champion other than Serena and Venus Williams since Lindsay Davenport, Keys’ coach, won the US Open in 1998. She is just the fifth unseeded player in the Open era to win a Grand Slam title.
By winning this title, Stephens is projected to climb as high as No.15 in the world.