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Sloane Stephens

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Biography:

Do not let young tennis star Sloane Stephens’s age fool you. In her 21 years, Sports Speaker Sloane Stephens has led a progressive journey towards tennis stardom through her Grand Slam performances and unwavering resilience on the court. Currently ranked 19 in the WTA singles ranking, Stephens is the youngest woman inside the WTA top 30. Although eager to begin a professional career, Stephens was not eligible to play a full WTA schedule until 2011 when she was 18. Finally of age, Stephens locked down her first professional win at the Camparini Gioielli Cup in 2011, before reaching her first WTA tour level quarterfinal during the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, CA. In that same year, Stephens made it to the third round of the US Open, where she eventually loss to former number one ranked Ana Ivanovic. Through her remarkable performance though, Stephens was ranked number 97 in the year 2011, making her the youngest player to be ranked in the WTA Top 100.

Stephens’s age seemed to be of no consequence in the year 2012 when she outlasted renowned athletes including both Venus and Serena Williams in the French Open. Stephens was the only American to make it to the fourth round in the 2012 French Open, causing many heads to turn as she made her way to the 2012 US Open where she lasted until the third round. Between Grand Slams, Stephens participated in the Citi Open in Washington D.C. and reached her first career WTA semifinal. As 2012 came to a close, Stephens ranked number 38 globally on the WTA Tour.

Again outlasting Serena Williams, but this time in the 2013 Australian Open, Stephens reached her first Grand Slam semifinal. Following her promising performance, Stephens made it to the fourth round of the French Open, the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, and the fourth round of the US Open. Stephens achieved a career high WTA singles ranking of 11 this year, eventually ending the WTA 2013 season with an impressive ranking of 12.