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Serena meets Sloane
by Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
This generation, meet the next generation. Sure, we know that you have met before, but not on the grandest stage in New York at the Open. On Sunday, Serena Williams played Sloane Stephens for a berth in the quarter-finals.
Williams won, 6-4, 6-1, but the match was closer than the score indicated, especially in the first set.
The 2 were tied at 4-4 in the first, including a break of serve for each, when Serena ran off 8 out of 9 games to seal the win.
The near capacity crowd clearly favored the veteran, but there were many Stephens fans in attendance.
Entering the match, they were 1-1, with Stephens beating her at the Australian Open earlier in the year.
Williams expected a tough match and seemed more than exuberant after the win.
Stephens did not seem that down, noting that, “She’s (Williams) no. 1 in the world for a reason.”
Stephens had 29 unforced errors and as most players, had difficulty with the Williams serve. Williams had 6 aces.Williams won 26 out of 31 first serve points.
Stephens noted after the match that she intends to play many more tournaments during the remainder of the year, with the goal of getting into the top 10. She was seeded no. 15 at the Open.