Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens to square off in All-American US Open final
By ADAM ZAGORIA
NEW YORK — Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens will square off in an all-American women’s final at the US Open on Saturday.
Both will attempt to become the first American woman since Serena Williams in 2014 to win the year’s final Grand Slam event. Serena, of course, did not play the Open while giving birth to a baby girl last Friday.
No. 15 Keys, 22, advanced to her first major final in lopsided fashion, crushing No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-1, 6-1, in the second semifinal on Thursday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Earlier, Stephens, 24, also moved into her maiden Grand Slam final by virtue of a much more competitive 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 win over No. 9 Venus Williams.
Stephens is 1-0 against Keys. The winner of Saturday’s final will earn her first Grand Slam title while also pocketing $3.7 million.
“Sloane is a new person right now,” Keys said. “I think she’s really loving being out on the court again. She’s just so excited to be out here and she’s obviously playing really well. Yeah, I’m really excited that we get to play each other in the US Open final. That’s pretty cool to say.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.