The 2017 US Open is in the books and it has been another memorable Slam after Sloane Stephens continued her extraordinary comeback from foot surgery to win her first Slam title. This post brings together the highlights from the tournament including a recap of the final and links to memorable matches, points, media and plenty more. All previous Match Points tournament summaries from 2016 and 2017 can be found HERE. Read on for the best bits from New York…
Sloane Stephens defeated Madison Keys, 6-3 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final – tactically, this was an impeccable display from Stephens who was rock solid, making just SIX unforced errors! As the match wore on, Stephens grew in confidence, nailing passing shot winners and even making her own forays into the net, going four out of four.
It was a tough day for Keys who didn’t play her best – a lot of that came down to how well Stephens played and she gave barely anything away, forcing Keys to go for more and more. Keys tried everything at the end, but just couldn’t win that elusive game in the second set. Stephens won all the big points and came through for the win in just 61 minutes.
For Sloane, the sky is the limit – her defence and ability to chase down balls has been a huge factor in this tournament, but she can crank up the power if necessary. Her consistency and clutchness in the key moments since she came back has been pretty astonishing. Big congrats, Sloane!
The hug at the end was EVERYTHING.
Singles Trophy Ceremony
The trophy ceremony was one of my favourite for a long time! There were some incredibly moving moments, especially when Sloane talked about her mum and with Madison fighting back the tears to deliver her speech. Plenty of laughs too as you can see from the pics below. Moments like this validate even more why I love this sport so much.
Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan won their first Slam as a pair, beating Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova in Sunday’s final, 6-3 6-2.
This was an amazing tournament for the US women.
There have been so many incredible comeback stories on the WTA tour (see thread by Courtney below on Twitter below which I loved). In particular, this year’s US Open finalists have been through it all injury-wise – Stephens was sidelined for almost a year with a foot injury between August 2016 and July 2017, while Keys has had two surgeries on her wrist (November 2016 & June 2017).
I’m lost for words at what both Sloane and Madison have achieved during this summer.
Simona Halep vs. Maria Sharapova was the taking point of the US Open draw. Their first round clash under the lights didn’t disappoint with Sharapova prevailing, 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a three set thriller lasting two hours and 44 minutes.
Adding another stunner to their already glittering head-to-head, Venus Williams edged Petra Kvitova, 6-3 3-6 7-6(2) in the quarter-finals. The pair have played six times on tour with all six matches going the distance.
Loved this net exchange between Venus Williams and Carla Suárez Navarro during the third set of their fourth round match.
Fun tennis in a very entertaining third rounder between Agnieszka Radwanska and CoCo Vandeweghe.
Amazing point in the Sharapova-Kenin late night match on Ashe.
And again, incredible defence from Sharapova although Anastasija Sevastova would eventually get the better of her in a quality fourth rounder.
Even more so looking back now, this was a huge point with Sloane Stephens serving at *4-5 *30-30 in her semi-final against Venus Williams.
Leading with the final embrace between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys 😍 😭
Shelby has previously said that she is a hugger! In particular, a nice moment between Shelby Rogers and Daria Gavrilova after the longest women’s singles match ever at the US Open.
Nice to see this exchange between Keys and Vesnina after one of the latest ever finishes at the US Open, only bested by Keys’s three set win over Alison Riske last year.
It’s a Keys special! Nice moment after the semi-final.
Plenty of funny moments this year – if you haven’t seen Sloane Stephens’s final press conference then check it out at the link below.
I’m still laughing at this! 😂😂😂
The screencap below makes me laugh. Jennifer Brady was thankfully fine and even smiling!
Oh Taylor! Love her reaction.
Really enjoyed this press conference with Petra Kvitova after her third round win over Caroline Garcia.
Always enjoy listening to Madison Keys – laughed at how she recalled getting Lindsay to prepare a speech to settle nerves before her quarter-final match against Kaia Kanepi.
Awesome to share another guest post this tournament – thanks to Dan for writing about his day at the US Open.
Tennis Draw Challenge Champion
Congratulations to tfw200 who won the Draw Challenge for the US Open. After a decent Wimby, this was a shocker of a US for me – it’s not ideal when your champ goes out on the first day 😂😂😂. To join in the fun, you can enter Tennis Draw Challenge and join the Moo’s Tennis Blog league.