NEW YORK (AP) — :It’s an all-American final at the U.S. Open.
Madison Keys dominated CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2 to reach her first Grand Slam final.
The No. 15 seed will face unseeded Sloane Stephens on Saturday in the first U.S. Open final between American players since Serena Williams beat Venus Williams in 2002.
Keys had no problem with the No. 20 seed Vandeweghe or with an upper right leg injury that caused her to call the trainer to be taped midway through the second set.
Sloane Stephens will be her opponent for the championship, as she reached her first Grand Slam final, edging Venus Williams 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 in the first of two all-American semifinals.
Stephens became just the fourth unseeded player to reach the U.S. Open women’s final in the Open era, which began in 1968, and the first since Roberta Vinci in 2015.
The third set was tense tennis after two lopsided ones, with Stephens continuously running down balls to win long rallies.
Williams whose sister Serena had a baby girl on September 1st, was trying for her third major final of the year and her first at the U.S. Open since 2002.
Each player received a trophy and a $5,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice. To be eligible, players had to compete in at least two U.S. Open series events, as well as the U.S. Open.
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