Her comeback gained steam on North American hard courts and was capped with her first Grand Slam title -- and for these reasons, you overwhelming voted Sloane Stephens as the WTA Player of the Month for August.
After making back-to-back semifinals of Premier 5 events in Toronto and Cincinnati, Stephens stunned four seeded players en route to her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.
Stephens went 15-2 in the month of August across three events, skyrocketing her ranking to World No.17 following her comeback from injury. She went a staggering 8-0 in three-set matches, and all 15 victories came against players ranked ahead of her.
"It's probably going to take a couple weeks, months, I don't know, [for it to set in]," Stephens said after defeating Madison Keys in the final in New York. "It's so not real. I feel this is a dream. Am I just going to wake up and be, like, 'It didn't happen?'
"I don't know. Look at that [trophy]. That's incredible. I mean -- I don't know. I just think it's very cool. It hasn't sunk in yet, but hopefully in a little while once I, like, am able to lay down and relax and think about it, I'll realize that I really am the US Open champion."
Final Results for August's WTA Player of the Month
1. Sloane Stephens (63%)
2. Venus Williams (25%)
3. Madison Keys (10%)
4. CoCo Vandeweghe (2%)
2017 WTA Player of the Month Winners
How it works:
Finalists are selected by wtatennis.com
Winner is then determined by a fan vote on wtatennis.com