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US Open 2017: Sloane Stephens beats Venus Williams to reach final

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Unseeded Sloane Stephens defeated Venus Williams in three sets, to progress into the US Open final, where she will face fellow American Madison Keys.

Stephens ranked 83rd won 6-1 0-6 7-5 in the first semi-final in New York.

In another all-US contest, 15th seed Keys then beat compatriot Coco Vandeweghe 6-1 6-2.

Both Stephens and Keys will make their Grand Slam final debuts on Saturday.

It will be the first time since Serena Williams beat Venus in 2002, that the US Open will have a women’s final featuring two American players.

“Having four Americans in the semi-finals, I think that says a lot about American tennis and where we are right now.

“I don’t think I would have had it any other way. I’m just super proud and honoured to be a part of what these four girls were, what we did tonight.”

“I have no idea how I have done it. Your guess is as good as mine.

“I have no words to describe my feelings and what it took to get here. I have no words.

“I have no idea how I have done it. Your guess is as good as mine.

“If someone had told me when I started my comeback that I would make two semi-finals and a Grand Slam final I would have passed out. I don’t know how I did it. Just hard work,” Stephens said.

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