Sloane Stephens beats Madison Keys in US Open Women’s Final

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sloane Stephens played a near-perfect match to beat Madison Keys 6-3 6-0 in an all American final as she clinched her maiden grand slam title on Saturday.

Stephens, who spent a year off the courts because of a foot injury, was never in trouble as her defensive play derailed the 15th-seeded Keys.

In the first all American U.S. Open women's final since Serena Williams beat her sister Venus in 2002, Stephens made only six unforced errors to frustrate Keys.

She sealed a straightforward win on her third match point when Keys sent yet another shot into the net.

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Tennis - US Open - Womens Final - New York, U.S. - September 9, 2017 - Madison Keys (R) of the United States stands with Sloane Stephens of the United States. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Tennis - US Open - Womens Final - New York, U.S. - September 9, 2017 - Sloane Stephens of the United States in action against Madison Keys of the United States. REUTERS/Mike Segar
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Madison Keys of the United States reacts against Sloane Stephens of the United States during their Women's Singles finals match on Day Thirteen of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Service members hold an American flag before the Women's Singles finals match on Day Thirteen of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Sloane Stephens of the United States returns a shot against Madison Keys of the United States during their Women's Singles finals match on Day Thirteen of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Madison Keys of the US returns the ball to compatriot Sloane Stephens during their 2017 US Open Women's Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Sloane Stephens of the United States and Madison Keys of the United States pose before their Women's Singles finals match on Day Thirteen of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Madison Keys of the US returns the ball to compatriot Sloane Stephens during their 2017 US Open Women's Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Sloane Stephens of the United States returns a shot against Madison Keys of the United States during their Women's Singles finals match on Day Thirteen of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Gene Cherry)

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