Sloane Stephens — who was ranked no. 83 in the world — defeated no. 15 seed Madison Keys to win the 2017 U.S. Open — her first major title.
Stephens defeated Keys by a score of 6-3, 6-0 to win the Women’s Singles finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York.
Stephens, 24, is expected to rise to no. 17 in the world after today’s major win.
Keys, 22, will move up to no. 2 in the rankings.
Stephens took home a whopping $3.7 million winner’s check. “That’s a lot of money,” Stephens said, as Keys jokingly tried to snatch the check.
Keys, left, and Stephens, right, posed with USTA President Katrina Adams, center, during the trophy presentation after the Women’s Singles finals match.
Stephens is the third player to win the U.S. Open while ranked outside the top 10 since computer rankings began in November 1975.
“Obviously, I didn’t play my best tennis today and was disappointed,” said Keys, who is biracial. Keys said Stephens was a “very, very supportive” friend. She added “If there’s someone I have to lose to today, I’m glad it’s her.”
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