Stephens made history as the lowest seed to win the title in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It was quite a turnaround for the Stephens who earlier this year was in a wheelchair following foot surgery. She entered the summer ranked 957 in the world; now she sits at 83rd.
“When I had surgery, I was not thinking that I would be anywhere near a U.S. Open title,” she said after the match. “Nor did I think I was going to be anywhere near the top 100.”
Stephens defeated 15th-ranked Madison Keys, 6,3, 6-0, in a match that last just over an hour.
On the men’s side, the top-seeded Nadal dispatched of Kevin Anderson in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It is 16th Grand Slam title for the 31-year-old Spaniard. That is second most of all time, behind only Roger Federer who has 19.
“So very happy the way that I played, happy the way that I managed the pressure, and the way that I was competing during the whole event,” said Nadal. “Playing better or worse, the competitive spirit have been there in a very positive way all the time.”