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Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens aim for spot in US Open final

Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens aim for spot in US Open final”

- Beat Madison Keys in an all-American final to win her first grand slam title. When Williams appeared more tired, Stephens strategically placed the ball in spots on the court she knew Williams could no longer hunt down.

Stephens won them both and wound up getting 10 of the final 11 points, the last one on Williams' exhausted-looking service return.

The 24-year-old showed her class in a win over Venus Williams to reach Saturday's showpiece in NY, but upped her game even further in the final to leave Keys with no answer on Arthur Ashe.

With the US Open title under her belt, Stephens will climb back from just inside the top 1000 to World No. 17 in the span of 5 weeks!

The world number 83, playing her second major semi but first since 2013, took her chances and delivered in huge moments during a thrilling final set.

"Like, I'm not just going to give it to someone". She broke Williams with a series of lovely points: a killer backhand past Venus at the net, then an equally dazzling cross-court victor, and then two Williams errors that gave Stephens the game. Now each is making her debut in a Grand Slam title match.

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Keys was not victorious this day, losing to Stephens 6-3, 6-0.

Keys, the 15th seed in NY, was in devastating form, brushing past Vandeweghe 6-1 6-2 in just 66 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I have no words", said Stephens. Later, on moving to the second set, Willaim has given a tough fight to the Stephen by acquiring 6 points, Stephens at 0 points.

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"I just don't want anyone to ever ask me about the state of American tennis ever again", Stephens said on court after the match.

"I don't think parents get enough credit. Seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well", Williams said after her quarterfinal win Tuesday. "I didn't really have much to do with anything out there", the 25-year-old Vandeweghe said.



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