Madison Keys (left) and Sloane Stephens pose with their trophies after the US Open women's singles final on Saturday. Pic/AP, PTI
US Open champion Sloane Stephens said she wished her US Open final triumph over close friend Madison Keys could have been a draw rather than the rout it turned out to be.
"Maddy is one of my best friends, if not my best friend on tour and I told her I would not have wanted to play anybody else," she said.
"It's a special moment. I said to her that I wished it could have been a draw. If the situation was the other way around, Maddy would have said the same thing. It's what true friendship is all about. I should retire now – I'm never going to be able to top this," she said.
Stephens also praised her mom for her support. "When I was a child she took me to a tennis coach who said that I would be lucky to be a division two player. But here I am. So parents, never give up on your kids."
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