Sloane Stephens has crushed 9th-seed Venus Williams at the U.S. Open to reach her first Grand Slam final. She won 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 to knock the seven-time Grand Slam champion out of the tournament. Sloane Stephens missed 11 months with a left foot injury before returning in July.
“I just worked my tail off and tried to run every ball down and here we are,” Stephens said. “It required a lot of fight and a lot of grit.”
Stephens will be facing Madison Keys, who defeated CoCo Vandeweghe in all-American US Open final. Saturday will be the first all-American US Open women’s final since Serena Williams beat her sister, Venus in 2002.
She continued after her triumph over Venus: “I have no words to describe what I’m feeling, what it took to get here, the journey I’ve been on.”
“It’s incredible. I don’t know how I got here. Your guess is as good as mine. Just hard work. That’s it.”