Sloane Stephens Defeats Madison Keys, Earns Title of US Open Champion

Over the weekend, Sloane Stephens took her black girl magic to the next level by beating friend and opponent Madison Keys in the US Open final. The new tennis champ took home the W with a scoreboard of 6-3, 6-0 and left the court with the title in 61 minutes.

Stephens has been the comeback kid of the season and her earning the title of US Open champion on Saturday, September 9 solidified her status in the tennis world. The match was a first for her and opponent Keys, as it was their first major singles final.

The two women also made history alongside Venus Williams in last week’s US Open semifinals. In addition to it being the first time since 2002 that US Open semifinals involved all American players competing for a place in the finals, it was also the first time in the history of the US Open that three black women were competing in the semifinals (Stephens, Keys, Williams).

As previously reported, 2017 has been a big year for Stephens who reemerged in the tennis world after a foot injury and a subsequent surgery in January. The 24-year-old started the summer off with a world ranking of 957. Since, Stephens has jumped up in rank by over 900 spots and is now the winner of a major championship title.

Plus, $3.7 million richer thanks to the prize money for earning the US Open title.

“I should just retire now,” Stephens said during the trophy ceremony, in reference to what might be perceived as a peak. “I told Maddie [Keys] I’m never going to be able to top this. I mean, talk about a comeback.”

Congrats Stephens! Keep shining girl!

Photo Credit: Sloane Stephens/Twitter

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