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Sloan Stephens stuns Venus Williams to reach US Open finals

Sloan Stephens stuns Venus Williams to reach US Open finals

"I would think the pressure is on Madison Keys because she's lately been playing better and been in the top 10 this year", said Wilander, who won the U.S. Open in 1988.

Stephens defeated No. 9 Venus Williams 6-1,0-6, 7-5.

Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens have won through to major finals for the first time in contrasting fashion.

"I mean, there is no words to describe how I got here, the process it took or anything like that, because if you told someone this story, they'd be, like, 'That's insane.' I'm just happy to be here".

Originally from Florida, she now lives and trains in California. Since then, Stephens underwent personal tragedies followed by a a career-threatening stress fracture (left foot) that kept her out of tennis for 11 months. The proof is in the pudding. I think any parent that ever supports their child.

Serving for the match, Stephens closed it out when Williams netted a backhand return of serve. Keys was missing matches while dealing with the aftermath of wrist surgery and Stephens was using her extended time off to work for the Tennis Channel. I'm not just going to let them take it from me.

Williams said, "It was definitely a contrast of play".

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"I will continue to play tennis". I had the best attitude, I had the best team and things just started to come together in the last six weeks. Stephens claimed her first set point at 5-3 when she hit a backhand square on the baseline, but an unforced error - only her second of the match up to that point - gave it away.

Williams, who made the Australian Open and Wimbledon finals this year, admitted Stephens had edged the crucial points.

"There was nothing I could do about those shots", Williams said.

Whether she felt pressure playing a younger American on such a big stage was unclear. "Maddie is one of my bestest friends on tour, if not my best friend, and I wouldn't have wanted to play anyone else here", she said.

"You don't want to hand the baton to her yet".

"It's incredible. I honestly had surgery Jan 23 and if someone had told me I'd win the U.S. Open I would have said it's impossible", said the unseeded Stephens.





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