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All you need to know about US Open champ Sloane Stephen

September 10, 2017 10:31 IST

Sloane Stephens

IMAGE: Sloane Stephens poses with the Championship trophy after winning the women's singles title. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

Factbox on American Sloane Stephens, who beat compatriot Madison Keys 6-3 6-0 to win her first U.S. Open singles title on Saturday:

 

Born: Florida, U.S. on March 20, 1993 (Age:24)

Grand Slam titles (1): US Open 2017

- Beat Madison Keys in an all-American final to win her first grand slam title.

- Becomes the first American woman, apart from Serena and Venus Williams, to win the U.S. Open since 1998.

MAKING HER NAME

Started playing at the age of nine.

Turned pro in 2007.

CAREER TO DATE

Played her first WTA main draw events in 2010.

Was the youngest player to finish is the Top 100 in 2011, at the age of 18.

Reached the semi-finals at the Strasbourg and Washington tournaments in 2012, climbed to number 38 in the rankings.

Had a breakthrough in 2013, where she had a 15-4 win-loss record at grand slams, as she reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, losing out in the fourth round at the French Open and US Open.

She finished the year ranked number 12 after reaching the semi-finals of the 2013 Hobart International and the quarter-finals at five other events.

Reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 Miami Open and the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

She won her first WTA title in 2015 at the Citi Open in Washington.

Won three titles in 2016, the Auckland Open, Mexican Open and Charleston Open.

Returned at Wimbledon this year after an 11-month layoff due to a foot injury.

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