Serena is all praise for Keys, Stephens

For Williams, the defeat completed a tremendous year at grand slams, the 37 year-old seven-time major victor having been runner-up at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She's experienced a nice career resurgence in 2017, making it to the finals of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but she failed to win in both tournaments. Who will win the US Open titles this year?

Stephens will play Madison Keys, also of the United States, in Saturday's final.

Due to the foot injury and Surgery, Stephens 957th ranked sidelined for about 11 months and this year entered the United States open.

Serena Williams is planning to come back on the circuit next year, according to her coach Patrick Mouratogolou. "I was fighting as hard as I could, as long as I could, but she stayed hot the whole time".

When Keys hit a forehand into the net to end it, Stephens put her hand over her mouth as if in disbelief, closed her eyes for an instant, and then joined the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium in celebrating. She is aiming to be the oldest women's major champion in the Open Era. She was unstoppable thereafter, closing the set 6-3.

In the decisive third set, Stephens broke Williams at love for a 6-5 lead when Venus smacked a backhand wide on game point.

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"I told Maddie [Keys] I should just retire now", said Stephens post-match. Stephens is coming from a foot surgery and that she is in one of the biggest games of her life.

"She is one of the greatest players, forceful and elegant, I have everything nice to say about her".

"I knew I was going to have to play really well in order to beat her and I feel like once things started going, it just kind of fell into place".

"I'm honored to play at the same time (as Venus), one of most graceful, elegant people". Later, on moving to the second set, Willaim has given a tough fight to the Stephen by acquiring 6 points, Stephens at 0 points.

"It was definitely well competed", she said.

She finished the year ranked number 12 after reaching the semi-finals of the 2013 Hobart International and the quarter-finals at five other events.

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