Elena Vesnina

Sloane Stephens routs Madison Keys to win U.S. Open and her first Grand Slam title

Sloane Stephens routs Madison Keys to win U.S. Open and her first Grand Slam title

Sloane Stephens couldn’t make sense of it all, couldn’t grasp how she had moved around the court so surely in winning the U.S. Open women’s title eight months after foot surgery had confined her to her couch, couldn’t comprehend that she had soared from 957th in the rankings in late July to the top of the tennis world with her 6-3, 6-0 rout of friend and fellow American Madison Keys on Saturday.

As she stood on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium to accept the winner’s trophy and a $3.7-million check that made her gasp, Stephens beamed non-stop. It was the smile of a champion, one who had faced unrealistic pressure as a teenager but had arrived at 24, at the right time for her and...

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