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In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Serena Williams returns to Naomi Osaka of Japan, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Serena Williams' coach says she will play the French Open beginning in two weeks. The tournament will mark the 23-time Grand Slam champion's first major since returning to the tour from maternity leave. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou tells the WTA tour's website,

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Serena Williams expected to play first major at French Open

After a 14-month maternity leave, the 23-time Grand Slam champion poised to return to Roland Garros.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by KIKO HUESCA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9669387bc) Petra Kvitova 2018 Madrid Open tennis tournament, Spain - 12 May 2018 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in their final match of the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, 12 May 2018.

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Petra Kvitova captures third Madrid Open title

The two-time Wimbledon winner became the first woman with a trio of Madrid titles.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by KIKO HUESCA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9668844v) Rafael Nadal 2018 Madrid Open tennis tournament, Spain - 11 May 2018 Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after losing his quarter final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, 11 May 2018.

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Rafael Nadal’s clay streak ends with Madrid defeat

Nadal will lose world No. 1 ranking to Roger Federer with his loss to Dominic Thiem.

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 15: Venus Williams of the United States hits a backhand in a quarterfinal win over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Roger Federer, Venus Williams roll into semifinals at Indian Wells

Showing very few signs of their ages, the tennis legends beat their quarterfinal opponents in straight sets.

Ken Flach, tennis star; played on top-ranked men’s doubles team in 1980s

Mr. Flach won three major titles with Robert Seguso and the pair captured the gold medal in doubles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Andover’s Drew Farris was named to the Northeast-10 Conference weekly honor roll after pitching five shutout innings for Saint Michael’s College.

Serena Williams prepares to hit a forehand to Zarina Diyas during the first round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Crystal Chatham)

Serena Williams wins first match in comeback at Indians Wells

Williams beat Zarina Diyas, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round after a 14-month layoff from tournament tennis because of the birth of her child.

Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a forehand return to Netherlands Robin Haase during their quarter-final singles tennis match for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on February 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Roger Federer will top tennis rankings after five-year absence

The 36-year-old will become the oldest player in history — male or female — to top the world rankings.

Roger Federer celebrated after winning his sixth Australian Open title.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Roger Federer captures sixth Australian Open title

Federer beat Marin Cilic, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, on Sunday in Melbourne.

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki becomes tearful after defeating Romania's Simona Halep in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win first Grand Slam title

Wozniacki defeated Halep, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4, in final on Saturday.

Switzerland's Roger Federer hits a return against South Korea's Chung Hyeon during their men's singles semi-finals match on day 12 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Open

Roger Federer advances to record 7th Aussie Open final

Hyeon Chung retired in the second set of their semifinal because of blisters on his left foot.

(FILES) This combination of file photographs created on January 25, 2018, shows (L) Romania's Simona Halep as she hits a return against Germany's Angelique Kerber during their women's singles semi-finals match on day 11 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 25, 2018 and (R) shows Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki as she hits a return against Belgium's Elise Mertens during their women's singles semi-finals match on day 11 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 25, 2018. Simona Halep survived a three-set thriller against Angelique Kerber to set up a winner-takes-all Australian Open final against Caroline Wozniacki, on January 27, 2018, where the number one ranking will be on the line. / AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

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Showdown for the ages in Australian Open women’s final

Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki will be playing for a first Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis.

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates beating Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in their men's singles quarter-finals match on day 10 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Roger Federer reaches Australian Open semifinals

Federer will face 21-year-old Hyeon Chung, the first South Korean to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.

South Korea's Hyeon Chung addresses the crowd after his win against Tennys Sandgren of the US in their men's singles quarter-finals match on day 10 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Greg Wood / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Hyeon Chung makes history on his way to semifinals

Top-ranked Simona Halep won to set a semifinal against 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.

Belgium's Elise Mertens celebrates after defeating Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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Elise Mertens rolls into semifinals

The Belgian was one of the biggest movers on the women’s tour in 2017, improving from 120 to 35

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Madison Keys of the United States plays a forehand in her fourth round match against Caroline Garcia of France on day eight of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Australian Open

Madison Keys breezes into quarterfinals

Keys became the only American woman to reach the fourth round after her 6-3, 6-2 victory Monday over Caroline Garcia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates winning her fourth round match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia on day seven of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki reaches quarterfinals

The second seed beat Magdelena Rybarikova to advance and has a chance to regain the women’s No. 1 ranking.

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams tells Vogue that she dealt with a medical scare right after the birth of her daughter. In a story in the magazine's February issue and posted Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, on Vogue.com , Williams discusses developing several small blood clots in her lungs while in the hospital after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born in September. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

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Serena Williams reveals health scare

The tennis superstar told Vogue magazine she developed blood clots in her lungs following the birth of her child.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MARK CRISTINO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9326455ah) Madison Keys Tennis Australian Open 2018, Melbourne, Australia - 20 Jan 2018 Madison Keys of the USA in action during her third round match against Ana Bogdan of Romania at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 20 January 2018. Keys won the match.

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Madison Keys moves on to fourth round

The 17th seed clinched a victory over Ana Bogdan on her first match point.

Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk hits a forehand return to compatriot Elina Svitolina during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Teenager’s amazing run at Australian Open ends

Elina Svitolina ousted 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk, the youngest player to win main-draw matches since 1996.

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts after beating Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in their men's singles second round match on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Open

Searing heat Down Under no sweat for Roger Federer

Amid complaints about brutal temperatures, Federer played it cool in second-round victory over Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in men’s singles.

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov celebrates after defeating United States' Mackenzie McDonald in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Grigor Dimitrov avoids upset at Australian Open

Mackenzie McDonald, ranked 186th, pushed the third-seeded Dimitrov to 8-6 in the fifth set.

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki reacts after beating Croatia's Jana Fett in their women's singles second round match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Caroline Wozniacki avoids huge upset with major comeback

The No. 2 seed fended off two match points and rallied from 5-1 down in the third set to beat Jana Fett

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates after she won over Germany's Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Australian Open

Maria Sharapova victorious in return to Australian Open

American women continue to struggle, with two victories in first 14 matches.

Venus Williams served to Belinda Bencic during Monday’s match.

Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens out at Australian Open

Day 1 was not good for the Americans.

Boston, MA - 12/16/2017 - (overtime period) New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) provided the screen on the game winning overtime goal by New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), not pictured.The Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 17Rangers-Bruins, LOID: 8.4.376523049.

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Rangers’ Chris Kreider to undergo surgery

The former Boston College star will have a section of the first rib under his collarbone removed and will be sidelined indefinitely.

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017 file photo, United States' Serena Williams gestures as she holds her trophy after defeating her sister Venus in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Williams, defending champion has withdrawn from the 2018 Australian Open, saying she is not ready to return to tournament tennis.(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

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Serena Williams pulls out of Australian Open

Defending champion declared she still was “not ready” to return to tournament tennis after giving birth in September.

Serena Williams from the U.S. returns the ball to Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia during the final day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Serena Williams loses in return to tennis

Williams isn’t sure she is ready to defend her Australian Open title after dropping an exhibition match against the reigning French Open champion.

Notable sports deaths of 2017

A look back at some of those from the world of sports whom we lost this year.

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 28, 2017 shows, Serena Williams of the US posing with the trophy following her victory over Venus Williams of the US in the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Former world number one Serena Williams will make her much-anticipated competitive return with an exhibition match on the final day of the Mubadala exhibition event on December 30, tournament organisers announced on December 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Greg Wood / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USEGREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images

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Serena Williams begins return to tennis this week

Williams, 36, last played competitive tennis in January when she won the Australian Open

A swimmer dives off the blocks into in an indoor-outdoor pool at The Weymouth Club, which hosted the US Tennis Association National Indoor Championships for Girls 18 and under this November, a high-profile event for the club billed as a family-friendly fitness, wellness, and recreation facility on the South Shore. . Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (SoWk, seltzj)

In Weymouth, a club not just for tennis anymore

What started as a bare-bones tennis club in the 1970s has swelled into one of the region’s largest full-service health and fitness facilities.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9230121b) Jana Novotna Reports: Jana Novotna dies of cancer at the age of 49, Wimbledon, United Kingdom - 04 Jul 1998 (FILE) - Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic thumbs up as she shows her trophy after winning the ladies' single final of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in Wimbledon, Britain, 04 July 1998 (reissued 20 November 2017). Media reports on 20 November 2017 state that Jana Novotna died at the age of 49. Novotna, who won 16 Grand Slam titles, died of cancer and was surrounded by her family when she peacefully passed away, International Womens Tennis Association (WTA) chief Steve Simon was quoted as saying.

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Former tennis star Jana Novotna dead at age 49

Novotna, who won the Wimbledon women’s title in 1998, had a long battle with cancer.

From left, Mr. Segura, Bobby Riggs, Dinny Pails, and Jack Kramer leaped a net at an indoor court in New York City in 1947 as they prepared for matches.

Pancho Segura, 96, tennis great and mentor to Jimmy Connors

Mr. Segura surmounted a sickly and impoverished childhood in Ecuador to become one of the world’s leading tennis players in the mid-20th century.

Jack Sock of the United States celebrates after defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men's singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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Jack Sock advances to semifinals of ATP Finals

He is the first American to reach the final weekend at the season-ending tournament since Andy Roddick in 2007.

US Shelby Rogers (C) and her teammate celebrate their victory over Belarus' in the Fed Cup final tennis match between Belarus and the United States. / AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MALINOVSKYMAXIM MALINOVSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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US ends 17-year Fed Cup drought

CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers won the deciding doubles, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), in the final.

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker pauses in the dugout before a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park in Washington. The Nationals announced Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, that Baker won't be back next season. Baker led the Nationals to the NL East title in each of his two years with the club. But Washington lost its NL Division Series both times. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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Nationals send Dusty Baker packing

After another postseason disappointment, Washington GM Mike Rizzo fired the manager after two years.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 15: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during the award ceremony after losing his Men's singles final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day eight of 2017 ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters at Qizhong Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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Roger Federer continues his recent mastery of Rafael Nadal

Victory in Shanghai was the fourth this year for Federer over the top-ranked Nadal.

SYRACUSE, NY - OCTOBER 13: Dontae Strickland #4 of the Syracuse Orange dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers at the Carrier Dome on October 13, 2017 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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Syracuse shocks second-ranked Clemson

Eric Dungey passed for 278 yards and three TDs as the Orange sent the Tigers home with their first loss.

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 08: Rafael Nadal of Spain hold the winners trophy poses for a picture after winning the Men's Singles final against Nick Kyrgios of Australia on day nine of the 2017 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 8, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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Rafael Nadal captures China Open title

World No. 1 beat Nick Kyrgios for his sixth ATP title of the year

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Stoughton’s Malachi Baugh set career highs in rushes and yardage in Stonehill College’s 45-21 win over Merrimack.

File-This photo taken March 27, 2017, shows Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dribbling during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. Westbrook has yet to sign an extension, but the reigning league MVP said Oklahoma City is where he wants to be and he is “happy” about the offseason additions of superstars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. “I love it here,” he said. “I like where I'm at, and I like where our team is at.”(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

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Thunder’s Russell Westbrook signs extension

The reigning NBA MVP will get $205 million over five years to remain in Oklahoma City.

WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 25: Sloane Stephens of USA reacts during the match against Qiang Wang of China Day 2 of 2017 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 25, 2017 in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Wang He/Getty Images)

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Stephens, Keys get early exits in China

The US Open champion, runner-up failed to make it out of the first round of the Wuhon Open.

James Blake watches a return to Mardy Fish on Friday evening, Aug. 25, 2017, in the Men's Legends event at the Connecticut Open tennis tournament in New Haven, Conn. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register via AP)

Ex tennis star James Blake testifies about his mistaken arrest

On Tuesday, Blake testified at a police department disciplinary trial in New York that an officer never identified himself before mistakenly throwing him to the ground and handcuffing him.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Franklin’s Danny McDermott threw for 3 touchdowns in Salve Regina’s 26-20 win over Montclair Sept. 9.

US Open

Rafael Nadal rolls to third US Open title

Nadal made it look easy, steamrolling Kevin Anderson, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, for his 16th Grand Slam title.

Sloane Stephens, of the United States, holds up the championship trophy after beating Madison Keys, of the United States, in the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

US OPEN WOMEN’S FINAL

Sloane Stephens captures US Open women’s crown

Stephens made short work of her close friend Madison Keys in the final.

TOPSHOT - This combination of photos taken on September 8, 2017 shows Spain's Rafael Nadal (L) and South Africa's Kevin Anderson celebrating after winning their 2017 US Open Men's Singles Semifinals matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. World number one Rafael Nadal powered into his 23rd career Grand Slam final on Friday, routing Argentina's 24th-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 at the US Open. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD AND Don EMMERTJEWEL SAMAD,DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

Nadal seeks his third US Open title against Anderson

On paper, Nadal is a heavy favorite against the upstart South African, who has stunned the field to reach his first US Open final.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Kevin Anderson of South Africa celebrates a point against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain during their Men's Singles Semifinal match on Day Twelve of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Unheralded Kevin Anderson to meet No. 1 Rafael Nadal in final

Anderson became lowest-ranked US Open finalist since the ATP’s computer rankings began in 1973.

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) talks with Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) during the second half of a single-game WNBA basketball playoff matchup, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. Phoenix won 79-69. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Taurasi, Bird head USA Basketball’s list of invites

The WNBA stars from UConn will be among 30 players at the national team’s training camp.

This combination of photos taken on September 7, 2017 show US tennis players Madison Keys (L) and Sloane Stephens (R) playing during their 2017 US Open Women's Singles Semifinals matches, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. First-time Grand Slam finalists Stephens and Keys are the first Americans to meet in a US Open final since Serena Williams defeated older sister Venus Williams in the 2002 final. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

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Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys followed parallel paths to US Open final

Both players were sidelined by injury at the start of the Grand Slam season in January.