Stephens: new tennis star
NEW YORK – There will never be another Serena Williams. Nor another Venus Williams, for that matter. The next generation of US women’s tennis players – and feel free to pick your ten best under 30 years old – are not combining for 30 Grand Slam singles titles, 121 WTA titles and 173 finals appearances.
But Saturday represented something significant for American tennis, the conclusion of a tournament in which the US women grabbed America’s Grand Slam by the throat and owned it.
Sure, the US Open final between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys – the first all-american women’s final since Serena beat Venus in Emma Stone, Uzo Aduba, James Spader, and the rest of the boldfaced names in attendance to munch down any $20.25 lobster rolls.
The unforced errors (Keys 30, Stephens 6) were a bigger story than the winners (Keys 18, Stephens 10). But that Stephens, 24, and Keys, 22, were in a US Open final is significant. This looks like the beginning of something big for both, and for American tennis.
When Stephens heard the amount winners receive for winning the singles draw – $3.7 million, the most ever in tennis history for a single tournament – she looked shocked. “That’s a lot of money, my God,” she said on court. (Sports Illustrated)