A 'Remarkable Comeback' at US Open

Sloane Stephens beats Madison Keys for her first Grand Slam title
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2017 5:03 PM CDT
Sloane Stephens Wins US Open
Sloane Stephens reacts after beating Madison Keys in the women's singles final of the US Open tennis tournament on Saturday in New York.   (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

In what the New York Times is calling "one of the most remarkable comebacks in a sport where comebacks are the coin of the realm," the unseeded Sloane Stephens bested Madison Keys on Saturday at Queens' Arthur Ashe Stadium to win the US Open. Stephens won against the No. 15 Keys 6-3, 6-0, earning her first Grand Slam title against her friend and former Olympics teammate. Sports Illustrated notes Stephens "played nearly mistake-free tennis" with only six unforced errors against Keys, who "couldn't find her rhythm."

But it's the fact Stephens won the championship after what CBS Sports calls a "career-changing injury" that's creating the most buzz. She was off the court for 11 months due to a stress fracture in her left foot, for which she had surgery earlier this year. She returned to the sport in July and was ranked 957 as late as last month. The Times notes the 22-year-old Keys, "arguably the most powerful player in women's tennis," has also pushed through an injury of her own: a bothersome left wrist for which she's endured two surgeries over the past 10 months. (More Sloane Stephens stories.)

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