Sloane Stephens is ready for a 'special' US Open final against her friend Madison Keys - but took the time to pay tribute to her beaten semifinal opponent, Venus Williams.
WTA Staff
September 8, 2017

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Sloane Stephens is ready for a 'special' US Open final against her friend Madison Keys - but took the time to pay tribute to her beaten semifinal opponent, Venus Williams.

"She's been here, she's represented the game so well, as an African-American woman," said the 24-year-old. "Maddie and I are just here to join her and represent just as well as Venus has."

Stephens added that she was proud of the all-American semifinals at Flushing Meadows, saying: "I think that says a lot about American tennis."

She now faces Keys in Saturday's final.

Stephens added that she was proud of the all-American semifinals at Flushing Meadows, saying: "I think that says a lot about American tennis."

She now faces Keys in Saturday's final.