NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Sloane Stephens stunned two-times U.S. Open winner Venus Williams to ensure a new grand slam champion is crowned at the Flushing Meadows while Madison Keys hammered CoCo Vandeweghe to set up an all-American final.
American Stephens won 6-1 0-6 7-5 in two hours and seven minutes but not before a mid-match scare where Williams, eyeing her third grand slam final this year, hit back fiercely.
The 24-year-old kept her composure in the decider, defending stoutly and stretching rallies in a bid to tire her opponent. Williams, who made 51 unforced errors, eventually faded out.
“It was definitely well competed,” Williams said after the match. “In the end, she ended up winning more points than I did. That’s what it adds up to.”
Keys took a far easier route to the final with a 6-1 6-2 victory in just 66 minutes. The American never let her opponent gain control, seizing the decisive breaks.
She took a medical time out at 4-1 in the second set and returned to the Arthur Ashe Stadium court with a heavily taped right thigh. That did not slow her down as she sealed the win.
Highlights from day 11 of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Thursday (times GMT):
- American Madison Keys stayed on course for her first grand slam title with a ruthless performance that ended the run of compatriot CoCo Vandeweghe.
- Keys, who won 6-1 6-2 in the semi-final, takes on Sloane Stephens for the title.
- She fired five aces and 25 winners, winning four out of seven break points and needed just 66 minutes to advance.
- American Sloane Stephens reached her first grand slam final after beating compatriot Venus Williams 6-1 0-6 7-5.
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- Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez beat five-times U.S. Open champions Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan 3-6 6-3 6-4 to reach the doubles final.
Feliciano and Marc are bidding to win their second grand slam title together after lifting the French Open last year.
- Netherlands’ Jean-Julien Rojer and Romanian Horia Tecau came back from a set down to beat the top seeded pairing of Henri Kontinen and John Peers 1-6 7-6(5) 7-5 in the men’s doubles semi-finals.
- Australian Open champions Kontinen and Peers also suffered a semi-final exit at Wimbledon this year. (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar, Hardik Vyas and Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)