Sloane Stephens: just want to have fun
Her name jumped in tennis world when she eliminated Serena in Quarterfinals of Australian Open 2013. The victory was so amazing that the number of followers she had on twitter went from 17 thousand to 40 thousand when the match ended. She was still under 20 years of age.
From Fresno, she was 10 when she moved to her grandparent house in Plantation, Florida. With her stepfather’s help, started playing tennis at Sierra Sport and Racquet Club.
Her WTA debut was in 2009. But when she was going to play her first qualifiers at the US Open, she found out about his father passing away in a car accident.
She is daughter of Sybil Smith, an Olympic swimmer and, John Stephens, football player (rooky of the year in 1989). She met her dad when she was 13 years of age, despite that he always pushed her to play tennis.
When the accident happened, her family’s support was the most important force to rocket her career.
In 2017 she won the US Open against Madison Keys, after a surgery on the left foot. She moved 940 spots in the rankings in only 5 weeks to be number 17 in the WTA ranking. Until that year she had been to 35 Grand Slams without passing week 1 (only once in 2013 Semis at Roland Garros)
Sloane was raised with a mix of sports value, social actions and death, in a family that suffered from injustice.
She now says she only plays for fun and that enjoys every match she plays.