Keys crushes Vandeweghe to make U.S. Open final

Keys crushes Vandeweghe to make U.S. Open final
From Reuters - September 7, 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A ruthless Madison Keys crushed CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1 6-2 on Thursday setting the stage for an all-American U.S. Open final that will see a new grand slam champion crowned.

Keys opponent in Saturdays final will be world number 83 Sloane Stephens, who beat ninth seed Venus Williams 6-1 0-6 7-5 in an earlier roller-coaster clash.

It will be the first time two American women have played for the title since 2002 when Venus lost 6-4 6-3 to her younger sister Serena Williams.

I feels amazing, these are moments growing up you dream about, said Keys. It was one of those days where I came out and I was in a zone and forced myself to stay there.

I had to rise to the occasion and Im just happy to be in the final.

Sloane is a new person right now, I think she is loving being out on the court again and shes obviously playing really well.

The final shapes up as an intriguing and unexpected one featuring two players who missed the start of the year as they recovered from injuries.

Keys, who was absent from the first two months recovering from wrist surgery, delivered an old fashion thrashing as she needed just 66 minutes to beat Vandeweghe, who also lost in the Australian Open semi-finals.

Keys never faced a break point and committed just nine unforced errors while firing 25 winners.


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