Congrats to Sloane Stephens!
As for the contest, Stephens made light of it being just her second Grand Slam semi-final and first since as a teenager she made the last four in Australia on 2013.
Her world ranking slid to 957 before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati.
Keys, the youngest finalist in NY since 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki lost to Kim Clijsters in 2009, went into the match having fired 34 aces in the tournament. Two of those players - Venus Williams and Stephens - are African-Americans and Keys is bi-racial.
Given the bond between the two, it was no surprise that Stephens invited Keys to her celebrations or that her friend accepted - on one condition.
"It's a special moment. She can buy me drinks, all of the drinks". I think that if it was the other way around she would do the same for me. Maddie's one of my best friends on tour and I wouldn't have wanted to play anyone else. "That's what real friendship is".
With victory, Gauff would become the third youngest grand slam girls' champion after Swiss Martina Hingis, who was 12 when she won the 1993 French Open, and Jennifer Capriati, the 1989 French Open victor at 13 years, three months.
"That's a lot of money", Stephens says in the video. I just tried to keep the best attitude, I had the best team, things just have to come together.
Stephens won the final eight games of the match. AND she earned $3.7 million dollars, too, which ain't too shabby, either.
"My parents moved me from the Quad Cities (she grew up in Rock Island, Illinois) when I was 10 because I had expressed an interest in becoming a professional tennis player". "If there's someone I have to lose to today, I'm glad it's her".
Started playing at the age of nine. She wasn't going to be denied. Stephens then lost in the first round in Washington. She added three more titles in 2016. "It's the first of many Grand Slam titles if you look at how she played today".
Both Stephens and Keys, 22, met at the net and hugged each other after Stephens' win.
Stephens didn't play in the US Open a year ago because of the foot injury.
"I have no words to describe what I'm feeling, what it took to get here, just the journey I've been on", Stephens said on court after the win. "When I made my comeback all I was thinking was being on the court and I haven't analysed who's winning what or doing what".
In the same year, Stephens reached the quarter-final of Wimbledon. Stephens finished with 60 total points won to Keys' 39 and committed only six unforced errors to 30 for Keys in the match.
Stephens suffered a bad foot injury in 2016 and was operated for the same in January this month. "I had surgery January 23".
"I would need a crystal ball for that, which I do not have, but I think American tennis is in a really good place right now, and I think having Venus and Serena being the greats that they are and kind of, you know, leading the pack, I guess you could say, is really great". Sloane was locked in and determined to hoist the trophy. It's the 12th time that has happened in the Open Era. "These wonderful women continue to change the game and bring excellence, power, finesse and change to tennis".