Congratulations are in order for Sloane Stephens after she beat Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in U.S. Open final to lift her first Grand Slam title.
Just last month, Stephens ranked 957th in women’s tennis and now this! Black Girl Magic ladies and gentlemen!
Stephens, an unseeded 24-year-old, defeated no. 15-seeded Keys in their first ever US Open singles final.
Stephens, who only came back from a foot operation in July battled Keys who had gone through two operations on her left wrist during the past 10 months.
As outlined by NY Times, the duo have already been good friends since their junior days and now have played on Fed Cup teams and Olympic teams together.
“I should just retire now,” Stephens said while in the trophy ceremony. “I told Maddie I’m never going to be able to top this. I mean talk about a comeback.”
“To share this moment on court is just amazing. I’m so happy that Maddie and I were able to play in the final today,” she added.
Watch this emotional moment between Stephens and Keys after the match:
With the US Open title under her belt, Stephens will climb back from just inside the top 1000 to World No. 17 in a span of 5 weeks!
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