Keys and Stephens prepare for all-American US Open Final
It’s the last Grand Slam of the season
Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys will both make their first appearance in a Grand Slam final this weekend.
The duo will contest the US Open Final at Flushing Meadows on Saturday evening. Remarkably it will be the first time since 2000 that an American other than Venus or Serena Williams has contested the final.
Coral News looks ahead to the final Grand Slam of the season…
The story so far
It has been a contrasting path through to the final for the pair. Keys has enjoyed a relatively straightforward route to this year’s showpiece. The 22-year-old has dropped just two sets en route. And she took just 66 minutes to dispose of CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2 in the semi-finals.
Stephens meanwhile has toiled for her place in this year’s final. The 83rd ranked player has gone the distance in four of her six games so far. And it was the same scenario in the semi-final as she edged seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 to secure her final place.
Top bet – Over 2.5 sets @ 5/4
Given Keys’ superiority in the rankings it should come as no surprise that she is the favourite for the contest. The Illinois native is 15th in the world and has previously reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
In New York this week she has been totally dominant. However, an injury sustained to her right thigh against Vandeweghe could be a problem. Higher ranked players have won the past four finals and that should ring true again this weekend.
Stephens though has been in immaculate form this week. The 24-year-old has overcome three players in the top-20 and shown immense character along the way. It’s even more remarkable given that she was ranked 901st ahead of Wimbledon earlier this year due to 11 months out following foot surgery.
Her powerful nature lends itself to a fast start. The Florida-native is yet to drop the first set throughout the tournament, unlike her compatriot Keys. She’ll be eager to continue that run in what is the first all-American US Open final since 2002.
Top bet – Stephens to win the first set @ 11/8
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