New York: A new Grand Slam champion will be crowned at the US Open after Sloane Stephens beat fellow American Venus Williams 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 in a roller-coaster of a semifinal on Thursday.
Stephens, who returned to competition at Wimbledon after nearly a year off because of a foot injury, recovered from a second-set meltdown to end ninth seed Williams' hopes of reaching a third major final this year.
She will meet Madison Keys in an all-American final."I have no words to describe what I'm feeling what it took to get here. The journey I took. I have no words," said Stephens, who underwent foot surgery last February.
"If someone told me I'd make two semis and a Grand Slam final this year I would have passed out, which is what I feel like doing now."I don't know how I got here. Hard work, that's it."
The 24-year-old Stephens, 13 years younger than Williams, paid tribute to the seven-time grand slam champion. "I'm honestly just honored to play at the same time as her. One of the greatest to ever play our game. She's one of the greatest competitors and I'm honored to share the court with her and glad to play at the same time as her."For American tennis there's no question marks. The proof is in the pudding. American tennis, here we are."