Looking calm and determined throughout her first appearance in a major final, Sloane Stephens defeated 2016 Olympic teammate Madison Keys, 6-3, 6-0, in the US Open on Saturday at Flushing Meadows in New York.
It was the first all-American final at the US Open since 2002 when Serena Williams beat sister Venus Williams. Stephens is now the first American woman not named Williams to win a Grand Slam title since Jennifer Capriati won the Australian Open in 2002. She also joins Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Tracy Austin as the fourth American to win her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.
It too was the first appearance in a Grand Slam final for the 22-year-old Keys, although she was plagued with unforced errors throughout and never seemed to get her footing against Stephens despite winning the first game of the match. Keys finished with 30 unforced errors, compared to just six by Stephens.
Both Stephens and Keys had to deal with extended layoffs due to injury in the last year. Stephens, from Plantation, Florida, had foot surgery following the 2016 Olympic Games and Keys, of Rock Island, Illinois, had wrist surgery. Stephens was off for 11 months and when she returned this summer she was ranked No. 957. Coming into the US Open she was ranked No. 83 in the world and became just the fourth unseeded player to reach a US Open final in the Open era.