NEW YORK -- Sloane Stephens was only about two hours removed from winning match point at the US Open when she came into the media room.
A first-time major champion, she was feeling giddy, to say the least. Here are the best of her quips from a news conference that came with a lot of laughs.
Q. Describe what was going through your mind after the final point going up into your family box.
Stephens: Just like, "Wow, how insane? I actually won the US Open. Wow." What a moment.
I think it was a little bit of just, like, "Wow." I mean, it's hard to explain, obviously. Winning a tournament is extremely special, but winning the US Open, being an American player, is even more incredible.
Q. According to some reports, you were a little nervous last night. Your coach, under the guise of giving you some clean laundry, came up and talked to you. Did that help you relax a little bit?
Stephens: Yeah, he was, like -- I think everyone was freaking out. My mom was talking about shenanigans. My coach was talking about shenanigans. He brought me clothes from, like, four weeks ago that he still had. He was trying to make his way up to me some way to bring me these clothes.
I think everyone just kinda wanted to make sure I was OK. I was OK, but I think I just had a long time to think about playing in the finals of a Grand Slam -- like a full day. I was literally in my room twiddling my thumbs, like, looking at, like -- I literally was looking at car reviews last night on Auto Trader, like literally. That's how bored I was. I didn't have anything to do.
Q. Are you going to buy a car [with the $3.7 million paycheck]?
Stephens: No. I was just looking at safety reviews, honestly. That's kind of weird, but that's what I was doing, yeah.
Q. You seemed pretty stunned, obviously, after the match, but when you met your mom up in the stands, the emotions really seemed to come out. Was that when everything started to hit you? How special was that moment, being able to share it with her?
Stephens: Yeah, definitely. I think for a long time -- obviously, my whole life my mom has been very supportive. She's been in my corner the whole time, and I have had, you know, a lot of ups and a lot of downs and some really low downs. And throughout that, my mom has been there 100 percent with me.
I think just to be able to share that with her and for her to be here -- we spent the last, I don't know, 16 days or something I have been here. It's a long time. That's a lot of personal time [smiling].
Q. You had mentioned the other day that you should be in school because you should be graduating. So do you think this accomplishment might be a term paper?
Stephens: First of all, I'm totally not going to graduate. I haven't done any work for two weeks. I don't think I'm going to make it. My graduation date is December 14th, but I don't think that's going to happen. My professors actually texted me, so maybe they'll let me, you know ... slide [smiling].
Q. I know you probably heard that [your boyfriend] Jozy [Altidore] just scored two goals.
Stephens: He did. I know. I saw. When I was on the ESPN site, I was, like, "Can somebody please check?"
Q. You didn't talk to each other yet? How did you guys meet?
Stephens: We met in fifth grade, but he -- they won 4-0?
Stephens: That's actually really good. We met in fifth grade, and, yeah, that's pretty much it.
I'm happy they won. I was checking the score the whole time. I'm happy that he scored two goals. That's really good. He should have got a hat trick. It would have been such a good day. Goodness.
Q. You come out for your first Slam final and make three unforced errors in the first 13 games and six for the match. Do you think you might be--
Stephens: I made six unforced errors in the whole match?
Stephens: Shut the front door. Oh my god, I don't think that's ever happened to me before. Oh my god. That's a stat. Snaps for me [snapping fingers].
Q. Growing up, I assume you saw footage of great athletes winning this championship and the other majors. Years from now, how do you think you'll feel when you look at the footage of you celebrating this championship?
Stephens: I think it will be super cool. I think one day I'm going to, like, be able to show my kids that I won the US Open. That's cool. Like, how many people can say that? Not very many. And they already engraved my name on the locker.
Like, hello. This is awesome.
Q. I see you responded to a tweet from Chelsea Clinton the other day?
Stephens: First of all, that was so cool.
Q. Have you ever met her? Were you surprised?
Stephens: No, I never met her, but maybe she'll want to meet me or something. Hopefully.
Q. I know this is kind of fresh, but having done this once, does it give you a hunger to win another Slam, to do this again, feel this feeling again?
Stephens: Of course, girl. Did you see that check that lady handed me? [Laughter.]
Like, yes. Man, if that doesn't make you want to play tennis, I don't know what will. Man.
So, yes, definitely.
Q. If I'm not mistaken, it's been a few years since someone in the women's final, US Open, managed to score a 6-0. Does it make you feel bad for Madison [Keys], maybe?
Stephens: Bad for her? She was in the finals, too. What do you mean? Did you see the check she's about to get? [Laughter.]
I'm sure she'll be just fine.
Q. Congratulations. Do you recall the first moment when you met this trophy in front of you, the first time, watching the TV or walking in the park or went to Newport, any replica, what kind of feeling went through your mind that, "One day, probably, I can hold this trophy?"
Stephens: The first time I ever saw it? I don't even remember. But everyone has the cutest photos, like, on the wall in here with this trophy, and that's what I remember seeing most. Everyone has, like, their best pictures.
So when I was taking my pictures, I was worried about, like, my [chest] sweat. Because I was like, "This is a picture they are probably going to use and I look terrible." That's what I remember most about the picture. Sorry.