Sloane Stephens, 24, wins first US Open title after defeating fellow American and friend Madison Keys, 22

CHAMPION: Sloane Stephens

SLOANE STEPHENS has won her first US Open after defeating Madison Keys, her her American contemporary, 6-3, 6-0.

Ranked 957th last month, the 24-year-old reigned supreme over No. 15-seeded Madison, completing one of the most remarkable comebacks in a sport after returning from more than 10 months out with a foot injury in July.

It was the first Grand Slam singles final for both women, who have been friends since their junior days and have played on Fed Cup teams and Olympic teams together.

Sloane, who will rise into the top 20 from No. 83, is the first American woman not named Williams to win a Grand Slam singles title since Jennifer Capriati won the Australian Open in 2002.

She also joins an esteemed list of African-American winners of the U.S. championship, which began with Althea Gibson 60 years ago.