Sloane Stephens sacred champion International of the United States
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Sloane Stephens has defeated his opponent in two sets of 6-3 and 6-0.
New York — American Sloane Stephens has won the title of women’s International tennis in the United States, on Saturday, his first in a Grand Slam tournament in her career.
Stephens defeated her compatriot Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in one hour on court in the Arthur Ashe stadium.
She has as well joined the Belgian Kim Clijsters in 2009 as the only players not cleared to have won the Usa’s International since 1968.
In addition, it was the first time that two female players in the u.s. competed in the final at Flushing Meadows since 2002, or since the duel between Venus and Serena Williams.
Stephens has broken Keys on two occasions and won the first set in just 30 minutes. Keys had not been broken in his two previous games.
The American, aged 24 years, has operated his excellent defensive game for the exchanges, and Keys, has lost many due, notably, to 17 unforced errors. Stephens has only committed two, in comparison.
The second set, which also lasted 30 minutes, then unrolled in one direction, and Stephens sealed the end of the meeting when Keys sent the ball into the net.
Keys and Stephens have known each other for a long time and are good friends on the circuit of the WTA tour. They exchanged text messages and phone calls early in 2017, after they had missed the Australian open due to surgical interventions — Keys to the left wrist, Stephens left foot.
When the game ended, they met at the net for a long hug.
Earlier Saturday, the Swiss Martina Hingis and Britain’s Jamie Murray won the final of the mixed doubles 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 against Taiwan’s Chan Hao-Ching and the new Zealanders Michael Venus.
Hingis, already a member of the hall of fame tennis, and Murray has won the second title of the Grand Slam in as many attempts, after their triumph at Wimbledon in July. They have won ten games in which they have participated since they form a tandem.
But despite these successes, overall, neither Hingis nor Murray could not ensure that they go in as a team to the Australian open, in January.
“There is still a lot to go before next year,” said Hingis, who now has 24 victories in his career in Grand Slam tournaments, five in singles, 12 in women’s doubles and seven in mixed doubles.
Sunday, she will participate in the final of the double in the company of the sister of Chan.
Murray, the older brother of Andy, has won a third title in mixed doubles.
The Spanish Rafael Nadal will cross the railway with the South-African Kevin Anderson in the final of the masculine side, Sunday.