Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

In a Slam final? I'd have passed out, says Stephens

In a Slam final? I'd have passed out, says Stephens

Stephens played her usual defensive tennis, forcing her opponent to make the extra shot and testing her patience.

Yet it was a match that could have gone either way. Williams had a 5-4 lead in the third set and it looked like the veteran was in position to pull away and close the match in expected fashion. To stand here with her today is incredible, that's what real friendship is, " the new champion said later.

Keys says the friendship will be set aside for the match like their bags of extra racquets and picked up once the contest has concluded.

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Results have been good and getting better. Since then, Stephens underwent personal tragedies followed by a a career-threatening stress fracture (left foot) that kept her out of tennis for 11 months. Her ranking had plummeted to 934th in the world.

Venus Williams of the United States serves to Sloane Stephens of the United States on September 7, 2017, day eleven of the US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre.

The world number 83 needed a little over an hour to beat Keys in the first all-American US Open women's final since 2002, powering to a 6-3 6-0 victory at Flushing Meadows.

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"I'm honestly just honoured to be able to play at the same time as her, one of the greatest ever to play our game", Stephens, who joined spectators in clapping for Williams when she walked off the court, said. Venus Williams at 7 p.m. Venus had been bidding to become the second oldest Grand Slam finalist in the Open era after Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

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

She was ranked down at 934 only a month ago, and said: 'I have no words to describe what I'm feeling, what it took to get here, just the journey I've been on, I have no words.

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"I should just retire now", Stephens said at the trophy ceremony, according to the Times. "I just worked my tail off and ran down every ball", she added. "I worked my tail off".

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