American Sloane Stephens wins the Women’s US Open Final (Photo: Lev Radin)
As the US Open has progressed we witnessed exciting tennis and why it is such a major tournament that means so much to the players and fans alike. The USTA has outdone themselves displaying impeccable organization of this very special event in the tennis calendar. The finals got underway this weekend and they did not disappoint.
Sloane Stephens is the new US Open Women’s Champion. The 24 year old from Florida defeated Venus Williams to find herself in the finals today where she breezed past fellow American Madison Keys in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.
This is truly a fairy tale story for Slone Stephens who was ranked 957th just last month, her recovery from foot surgery in July has been astonishing to come back and win the US Open.
“I should just retire now,” Stephens said during the trophy ceremony. “I told Maddie I’m never going to be able to top this. I mean talk about a comeback.”
All eyes will be on the Arthur Ashe Stadium tomorrow as World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will face No. 28 seed Kevin Anderson, who is making his Grand Slam final debut. This is a huge deal for the 31 year old South African who has fought hard to meet Nadal in the finals.
Anderson won his semi final match against Pablo Carreño Busta in an intensely contended, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, knocking out Busta and the chance of an all Spanish men’s final.
Nadal battled past Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2. The Spaniard did not get off to the brightest of starts, dropping the opening set, however he proved why he is the World No. 1 rampaging through the rest of the match by winning 18 of 23 games.
The Men’s doubles final was won by Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and Romania’s Horia Tecau. The 12th-seeded duo defeated Spanish 11th seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 6-4, 6-3 to win their first US Open trophy.
The Mixed doubles was claimed by Briton Jamie Murray and Swiss Martina Hingis who added the US Open title to their Wimbledon mixed doubles crown. Their victory over Michael Venus from New Zealand and Hao-Ching Chan from Taiwan was an impressive battle, 6-1 4-6 10-8 after their third-seeded opponents took the second set to force a championship tie-break.
The Women’s doubles will be played tomorrow between Swiss Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chan from Taiwan, and the Czech duo of Lucie Hradecká and Kateřina Siniaková. After winning the mixed doubles will champion Hingis snatch the women’s doubles title on Sunday? We’ll have to wait and see.
We look forward to more exciting finals action from the US Open tomorrow. Will Nadal win his 16th Grand Slam title or will we see an upset by the determined South African. It will surely have us on the edge of our seats.