Once again, we have yet another “David” pulling off an upset win when no one, and I mean NO ONE, gave her a chance. The “her” is Sloane Stephens.
Who is Sloane Stephens? Who knew or even wildly guessed she would win the US Open? And who saw this one coming? We’ll field the answers to Questions 2 and 3 first: nobody and not anybody. Now for Question No. 1: Sloane, a 24 year old who has been playing professional tennis since she was 16, came from nowhere and ended up somewhere very special. The winners circle at the US Open is a pretty special place to be, especially when you didn’t expect to end up there. Good for her. For more on Stephens, check out her web site http://sloanestephens.com/about/ which is pretty nice.
Sloane Stephens, who was unseeded and ranked 83rd, defeated Venus Williams in the semi-finals of the US Open, and in 2013. At the tender age of 15, she defeated Serena in the Australian Open! Sheeesh! I love it.
Once again, sports stands at the front of the classroom, with chalk in hand at the blackboard drawing X’s and O’s, teaching us once again that an unknown can come from the unknown and become so well known that we can’t ignore how hard work and faith can combine and collaborate in a comeback conquest for the ages. But none of this looked possible earlier this summer.
Stephens, who had been sidelined for 11 months after a foot injury and underwent surgery in January, made her comeback at Wimbledon and entered this summer’s US Open Series ranked 957th. Talk about sitting in the back of the bus! But she’s been on a tear in the North American events, reaching the semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati.
“I had surgery January 23,” Stephens said. “If someone told me then that I’d win the US Open, I would say ‘It’s impossible – it’s absolutely impossible.’ My journey to get here, coming back, just being able to keep it all together and have such a great team behind me — this journey’s been incredible. And I honestly wouldn’t change it for the world.
Wow. What a humble, meek and modest message.
With the win, Stephens is projected to rise to No. 17. She also nets a hefty payday: $3.7 million. Her career earnings heading into this tournament were $4,519,709, with $310,546 coming this year. http://us.cnn.com/2017/09/09/tennis/us-open-final-madison-keys-sloane-stephens/index.html
And her reaction and facial expression after she found out how much her earnings were is priceless. “That’s a lot of money,” a visibly surprised Stephens said.
Get used to it sista.