Sloane Stephens was chill about winning the U.S. Open, until she got her $3.7 million check
After an all-American women’s U.S. Open semifinal, Sloane Stephens became the champion on Saturday in a match that even Serena Williams said she was excited to watch. The 24-year-old beat Madison Keys in two sets to win her first major final.
However, Stephens’ immediate reaction to winning was very mild considering everything she went through to get here. There was no screaming and no fist pumping. She simply covered her mouth as if at a loss for words before flashing a huge smile. Although, she did dominate the match, so it wasn’t too shocking of a victory.
Then, Stephens went to go give her friend and opponent a hug.
It was in the stands where Stephens showed the most emotion. She teared up while hugging her mom, and she teared up again when she recognized her mom during the trophy presentation.
But there were smiles and laughs too, especially when Stephens was handed her $3.7 million check. She looked completely shocked when they announced the amount, and she could be heard saying, “Wow! That’s a lot of money!”
Her pal Keys jokingly tried to take the check for herself.