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Sloane Stephens' brilliant reaction to becoming US Open champion (and $3.7m richer)

“Did you see that cheque that lady handed me?”

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US OPEN CHAMPION Sloane Stephens is more motivated than ever to win another Grand Slam – thanks to the $3.7 million she received for her success in New York.

In a clash between two first-time major finalists, Stephens was too good for American countrywoman Madison Keys 6-3 6-0 last night.

With her victory, the 24-year-old secured the $3.7m winner’s cheque, adding to the $4.5m career prize money Stephens had already won.

When asked by a female reporter in the post-match press conference if she was hungry to win more Grand Slams, Stephens responded: “Of course, girl. Did you see that cheque that lady handed me?

“Like, yes. If that doesn’t make you want to play tennis, I don’t know what will. So, yes, definitely.”

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An Australian Open semi-finalist in 2013, Stephens underwent foot surgery in January, making her return at Wimbledon. Her ranking slipped into the 900s in July and Stephens said her major success came as a huge shock.

“When I had surgery, I was not thinking that I would be anywhere near a US Open title. Nor did I think I was going to be anywhere near the top 100,” she said.

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