By Richard Kent BASN Tennis Writer
Updated: August 20, 2011
Connecticut,(BASN) She is not ready to replace Venus and Serena yet,but Sloane Stephens may someday end up as the top American player.
The 18 year old dispatched 28 year old and no. 93 Eleni Daniilidov in the first round of the qualifiers at the New Haven Open.
Stephens is on a run. She had a huge straight set win 2 weeks ago at the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad over no. 20 Julia Goerges.Stephens is ranked 110.
Sloane decided to not attend college and concentrate on professional tennis. She was considering Stanford and USC.
She has great athletic genes. her aunt,Kalen Wright was a standout basketball player at USC with Cheryl Miller from 1984-88.
Stephens really has her eyes set on the upcoming US Open. She was recently awarded a wildcard into the main draw by the USTA.
Last year Stephens won the French,Wimbledon and US Open junior doubles.
She has a top baseline game,but as the match against Daniilidov proved,she is not afraid to come to net to finish off a point. That skill was undoubtedly honed in her doubles competition.
Look for Stephens to crack the top 100 before the year is over.