NEW YORK — Just a year ago, Sloane Stephens future in tennis was derailed after suffering a stress fracture in her left foot, leaving doubt on a possible appearance in any type of a Grand Slam Final in jeopardy. However, true champions often use a set back as a segway for a major comeback which Stephens did after easily beating her close friend Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday to win the US Open, capping a remarkably rapid rise after sitting out 11 months because of foot surgery.
This also marks the 1st Grand Slam title for the 24 -year-old Stephens – on the receiving end of the victory earned herself a hefty $3.7 million payday. Stephens assured reporters that in itself was enough for her recapture the feeling of winning another Grand Slam title. The 83rd-ranked Stephens joins Kim Clijsters as the only unseeded US Open women’s champions in the Open era, which dates to 1968.
Since her injury, Sloane Stephens has gone 15-2, while climbing the ranks from outside the top 900 to what will be around No. 20 as of Monday.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post