NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Round-up of day 13 at the U.S.Open on Saturday:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When I was 11 years old my mum took me to an academy and one of the coaches told her that I would be lucky to be a (NCAA) Division II player and get a scholarship. I don’t think parents get enough credit. Parents, if your kids want to do something enough, don’t give up on them.” - Sloane Stephens on the importance of having people who believe in you after beating Madison Keys 6-3 6-0 to win the U.S. Open women’s singles title.
FACT OF THE DAY: Women’s singles champion Stephens was ranked 957th in the world at the end of July but will break into the top 20 after her victory over Keys.
STATISTIC OF THE DAY: South African Kevin Anderson, who takes on top seed Rafa Nadal in the men’s singles final on Sunday, has served up a tournament-high 114 aces at the U.S. Open this year.
PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Stephens showed nerves of steel as she beat Keys 6-3 6-0 to win her maiden U.S. Open singles crown. Stephens played solid defensive tennis, frustrating her opponent by making her play the extra shot time and again. Keys made 30 unforced errors in the match to ultimately tip the scales in Stephens’ favour. (Compiled by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Gene Cherry)