Madison Keys (Al Bello/Getty Images); Sloane Stephens (Elsa/Getty Images)
Madison Keys (Al Bello/Getty Images); Sloane Stephens (Elsa/Getty Images)

Saturday’s final in the U.S. Open’s women’s singles matchup will be an athletic display of all black, everything black girl as two beautiful black American women compete in a grand-slam final that is likely to break records for black viewership because it’s our time to shine now, son. (*Cackles in #BlackGirlMagic.*)

Sloane Stephens, 24, and Madison Keys, 22, will meet on the court in New York City’s Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and by the end of the day, a black girl will be the new grand-slam champion.


Stephens—who was ranked No. 957 just 33 days ago and is now ranked No. 83—beat seven-time grand-slam champion Venus Williams on Thursday night to advance to the finals.

Stephens spent 11 months this past year, until Wimbledon, sidelined with a left-foot stress fracture. Since then, she has reached both the Toronto and Cincinnati semifinals.

After her victory over Williams, Stephens told the crowd, “If someone told me I’d reach two semis and a grand-slam final, I would’ve passed out.”

Stephens will face 15th seed Keys, who beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in another match Thursday night.


The New York Times reports that Stephens said of Keys: “She’s one of my closest friends on tour. It’s obviously going to be tough. It’s not easy playing a friend.”

Saturday’s match between the two women will be at 4 p.m. EDT.

May the best black girl win!

News Editor for The Root. I said what I said. Period.

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