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Sloane Stephens Rising Fast
By Richard Kent BASN Writer
Updated: August 22, 2012
FLUSHING, NY (BASN) The US Open qualies started Monday at Flushing Meadows, but Sloane Stephens did not have to worry about that. She was playing at the New Haven Open and taking a major star, Marion Bartoli, 2007 Wimbledon runner-up to 3 sets before losing, 6-1,0-6,6-3. Stephens had won her first round match.
Stephens is entered into the main draw of the Open after having a great year. The 19 year old American reached the fourth round of the French Open, the third round at Wimbledon and the semifinals at the US Open Series event in Washington, DC.
Last year, Stephens beat favored Shahar Peer of Israel in the second round of the Open before falling to former world no. 1 Ana Ivanovic, 6-3,6-4.
She won the girls’ doubles titles at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010.
Stephens has been working on her serve and volley game and is much more adept at net than a year ago.
Her father was a former professional football player and her mother was a former All-American swimmer at Boston University.
Stephens calls Kim Clijsters who will retire after this year’s Open, Serena and Venus Williams as her inspirations.
She is currently ranked no. 50 in the world and in July was ranked at her highest, no. 49.