As Gossip Cop reported, Stephens won the Women’s Final at the 2017 U.S. Open on Saturday, defeating Madison Keys. The American players are actually friends, and shared a moving embrace when the game ended. The victory marked Stephens’ first Grand Slam title. Perhaps most amazingly, she went into the annual tournament ranked 957th in the world. But needless to say, the athlete has proven she’s a force to be reckoned with.
“I always wanted to win a Slam, like I always thought about it, but I never pictured myself in that situation, like winning the last point, all of that, the dramatic falling and all that stuff,” she now told Robin Roberts. “I never saw it, and then when it happened, I was like, ‘Wait, what do I do now? Do I cry? Do I roll on the ground? I’m not sure.’ I was so, just like, shocked.”
With her mom sitting by her side, Stephens insisted, “Parents don’t get enough credit. I think that if you have a parent that can support you in the best way possible, especially a sport, I just wanted people to know, your kid can be me, if you just have an awesome parent.” Mother Sybil Smith added, “I watched every point, and it was just exciting, but I was so proud from the first point that she got out and fought… She was on her way to her goal. No matter what happened, she made it, she was there.”
What’s more is that Stephens’ first major title comes after an injury that caused her to miss last year’s U.S. Open. “Coming into the U.S. Open, I was like, ‘Wow, I’m playing really good. This is shocking,'” she recalled. The tennis player amusingly went on to gush that she’s now “made it” because her celebratory Twitter post racked up a lot of likes and retweets, even from stars. Check out the video below!