Phenomenal Sloane Stevens US Open champion!
It was one of the most one-sided finals so far in which the 24-year-old Stevens celebrated after only 60 minutes of play.
For more than a decade, the WTA tour was dominated by Serena and Venus Williams, and now it’s time for their successors to take over the baton. Sloane Stevens announced great achievements by winning her first Grand Slam tournament, as she defeated her compatriot Madison Keys with 6: 3, 6: 0 in just 61 minutes in the finals of the US Open!
The best evidence of how great this success is is the fact that the 24-year-old tennis player from Florida underwent foot surgery in January, which is why she could not walk properly until May, before returning to the court in July. She was then only 957th on the WTA list, and by the beginning of the US Open, she had made the jump to 83rd position.
Not only is she richer by $ 3.7 million after him (Keys won $ 1.82 million), but she will jump from 83rd to 17th place on the WTA list from Monday.
“Now I can retire,” Stevens joked after the match.
However, the future is still ahead of her. And before American tennis in general. Because Stevens is, according to many, the fastest tennis player in the world, 22-year-old Madison Keys is the strongest on the tour, Coco Vandeway is somewhere at the top, while juniors Kyle Day (128th on the WTA list), Sofia Kenny (139) and Claire Lee are waiting. (295). Of course, let’s not forget the best-placed 18-year-old tennis player on the tour: Catherine CC Belis.
Stevens, by the way, became the first American grand slam winner who has not had the last name Williams since 2002, when Jennifer Capriati was the best in Melbourne.
And as a reward – a check for $ 3,700,000!
“It’s an amazing feeling to be a champion here. After foot surgery in January, if someone had told me I was going to take the US Open I would have said it was impossible! I had no idea it was that much money. The other day I saw that 900,000 was won for the semifinals. “I almost fainted,” joked Sloane Stevens after the match.