Feliciano Lopez

Friends Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens become foes in U.S. Open women's finals

Friends Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens become foes in U.S. Open women's finals

Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens were friends long before they completed their unlikely journeys to the U.S. Open women’s final on Saturday at Flushing Meadows. They’ve played on the same U.S. Fed Cup team, shared laughs and dinners around the world, and dealt with the lofty and premature expectations heaped upon them as prodigies.

So it was natural for them to commiserate early this year when Keys’ wrist surgery and Stephens’ fractured foot kept them out of the Australian Open. Their shared disappointment flashed through Keys’ mind on Thursday after each experienced her greatest success, with Stephens holding off Venus Williams and Keys crushing CoCo Vandeweghe in their...

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