US Open: Stephens edge out Venus Williams to reach All-American Final

US Open: Stephens edge out Venus Williams to reach All-American Final

Unseeded Sloane Stephens held her nerve to beat Venus Williams in three sets and set up a US Open final against fellow American Madison Keys.

Stephens, ranked 83rd after recently returning from injury, won 6-1 0-6 7-5 in the first semi-final in New York.

In another all-US contest, 15th seed Keys then beat compatriot Coco Vandeweghe 6-1 6-2.


Both Sloane and Keys will make their Grand Slam final debuts on Saturday.

It will be the first time since Serena Williams beat Venus in 2002 that Flushing Meadows has hosted a women’s final featuring two American players.

“Having four Americans in the semi-finals, I think that says a lot about American tennis and where we are right now,” said Sloane.

“I don’t think I would have had it any other way. I’m just super proud and honoured to be a part of what these four girls were, what we did tonight.”

Sloane only returned to action at Wimbledon, ranked 957th, after missing 11 months with a foot injury.

The match itself was quite bizarre.

There was a momentum shift of tectonic proportions as Williams recovered from being hammered in the first, to blowing her compatriot away in the second, to being broken at the start of the third – it was impossible to know what would come next.

But ultimately, it was Stephens who came out on top.

Culled from BBC Sport

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