Sloane Stephens is playing that well.

By Richard Kent BASN Writer
Updated: August 30, 2012
You go girl...

You go girl...

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Once she was considered a possibility to be no. 1 in the United States like her idol and friend Serena Williams. Now the focus is higher. Grand Slams, no. 1 in the world. All possible.
Sloane Stephens is playing that well.
The 19 year old American just finished off no. 22 Francesca Schiavone of Italy, the 2010 French Open champion, at the US Open.
Stephens has been working with the USTA and the work has paid off strategy wise.
She once relied on strength and speed to move into the top 50 in the world, but now a definite strategy is entering her game and it showed at the Open. She also has a brimming confidence. She said after that win, “I am believing in myself a lot more.”
It was thought not too long ago that either American Stephens or Christina McHale would break into the top 10 soon. Now it looks like Stephens is on the faster track.
She has made it to at least the 3rd round in 3 out of the last 4 Grand Slams. Her ranking is almost certain to move inside the top 40 after this Open.
Stephens would be well served to play more doubles to improve her play at net as she has the ability to serve and volley, something lacking among many of the young female players.
Look for her to be highly ranked when the Open comes around next year.