Sloane Stephens surges past Madison Keys to win US Open title

Sloane Stephens surges past Madison Keys to win US Open title

Stephens beats fellow American Madison Keys  6-3, 6-0 to claim first grand slam crown
Victory completes remarkable comeback from injury for world No83

With a hurricane advancing on Florida and the social fabric of the country intermittently fraying at the edges, Sloane Stephens (24), gave the United States something to smile about here on Saturday, the sort of uplifting story that induces involuntary smiles and tears in tough times, a tale only sport or Hollywood could deliver.    

It did not take her long. As destructive wind and rain advanced from the Caribbean on her locked-down home town of Coral Springs, she took just 61 minutes to beat her best friend on the tour, Madison Keys. A New York audience used to drama was at first stunned and disappointed by the lack of a proper fight for their bucks, then drawn to join in the celebration of tennis history

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/09/sloane-stephens-madison-keys-us-open-title

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Editor’s note:

Sloane Stephens, who spent a lot of time with her grandfather, who grew up poor in Trinidad, then won a scholarship to Howard University and became a doctor in the United States, reached her first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open at the expense of seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams, as she beat her idol Venus Williams to claim a spot in the women’s finals of the competition.

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