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An American Women's Tennis Champion Not Named Williams
November 21 2017, 03:47 | Sammy Rose
Sloane Stephens reacts as the lid of the championship trophy falls off after the women's singles final of the US Open on Saturday. Pic AP PTI
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"For American tennis, there's no question mark", Stephens said.
The Stars and Stripes will be flying proudly over the US Open on women's semi-final Thursday with four Americans stepping into the Arthur Ashe Stadium cauldron chasing a place in the final.
Keys will also be playing in her first Grand Slam final.
Stephens, ranked 83rd after recently returning from injury, won 6-1 0-6 7-5 in the first semi-final in NY.
Williams was seeking to reach her third major final of 2017 after advancing to the final at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. You could be me one day. In the second set Stephens won over half of her return points and had a plethora of break points, converting a third match point to take the title in just 1 hour 3 minutes overall, and 31 minutes in the second set.
"It gets easier and easier as time goes on to play each other", Keys said.
"I feels wonderful, these are moments growing up you dream about", said Keys.
Stephens actually hit fewer winners than Keys overall but only had six unforced errors, significantly less than Keys' final tally of 30. On Sep 7th, Keys entered into semi final by defeating Kanepi with a score of 6-6, 6-3.
The final shapes up as an intriguing and unexpected one featuring two players who missed the start of the year as they recovered from injuries.
Keys - who faces Sloane Stephens in the final - insisted the medical attention she received was called for purely as a precaution. Stephens then closed out the match easily. Stephens bust out to an early lead, taking the first set in dominant fashion, 6-1.
And as Stephens posed for photos mid-court with the trophy above her head, the lid fell off, leading to more smiles. Stephens rolled past a sluggish Williams in the first set, yet flinched in the second as Williams found her fight, setting the stage for a brilliant closing set. Finally, Stephen won the match and entered into the finals.
A repeat performance was expected in the finals but as it seems, Keys made it an easy win for Sloane.