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I feel this is a dream, says US Open champion Stephens

10 September, 2017, 12:19 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • 2017 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament

In a clash between two first-time major finalists, Stephens was too good for American countrywoman Madison Keys in a 6-3 6-0 win on Saturday.

Keys needed treatment on her leg during a semi-final win over Coco Vandeweghe on Thursday.

24-year-old Stephens is the 14th unseeded player to advance to a Grand Slam final in the Open era, and only the fourth at the US Open after Venus Williams (1997), Kim Clijsters (2009) and Roberta Vinci (2015).

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Having battled back from foot surgery in January, the 24-year-old Stephens played nearly to perfection in beating compatriot Madison Keys 6-3 6-0, showing she has what it takes to add to her Flushing Meadows title. However, all the Americans are eagerly waiting for the final match between the Stephens and Keys. Stephens was unable to walk after an operation on her left foot.

"You figure out how to separate your friendship from being on the court, and obviously both of us want to win", Keys said.

Keys, 22, underwent her second left wrist surgery in 10 months after the French Open and won a July tune-up title at Stanford, but never dreamed she could win the US Open.

Williams, who intends to return to tennis in January 2018, holds a 3-0 career record vs Keys and a 5-1 record vs Stephens, who earned her way into the finals by beating Venus Williams, Serena's sister.

"It was definitely well competed", she said. She's probably one of my closest friends on tour.

Coming back to the final, it was Keys who won the first game in the opening set. "It's incredible. I don't know how I got here. This journey has been incredible, and honestly I wouldn't change it for the world". I think this one's for all of us really.

Williams is looking for her third major final of the season, after reaching the final at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. "I think this is what every player dreams about".

"In the end, she ended up winning more points than I did".

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