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Stage Set For First All-American Women's Final At US Open In 15 Years

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US Open will witness the first all-American women's final since 2002 when Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys fight for their first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows Saturday.

In Open era history, only once has there been a final featuring two lower-seeded players. In 2015, No. 26 Flavia Pennetta defeated Roberta Vinci in an all-Italian final.

Two years later, it's all-American: unseeded Sloane Stephens versus No. 15 Madison Keys.

This year's US Open semifinals featured a rare all-American quartet.

Stephens, who was ranked No. 957 in the world just six weeks ago, ousted two-time champion Venus Williams 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 in the first semifinal Thursday with an impressive demonstration of nerve.

At 30-30, down 5-4 in the final set and two points from defeat, Stephens made an unbelievable comeback to pull out the victory.

Madison Keys faced no such test in the other semifinal.

She played near-flawless tennis to overpower No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-1, 6-2, setting up the first U.S. Open final between two American women since Serena Williams defeated sister Venus 15 years ago.

Stephens and Keys, both in their early 20s, are very close friends on tour.

"It's obviously going to be tough. It's not easy playing a friend," said 24 year-old Stephens.

by RTT Staff Writer

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