By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It was a heavyweight fight in the first round of the US Open. In a match that was contested in sweltering heat in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Sloane Stephens defeated her good friend and fellow American Madison Keys, 6-3,1-6, 7-6. The pair have been known to be practice […]Read more "Friendly Fire In Flushing: Stephens outlasts Keys in Opening Round"
The two keys for Williams throughout were both her serve and perhaps more importantly her calm, despite building a big first set deficit. Williams hit 12 aces and ripped a 122 mph serve.Read more "Serena outlasts Sloane to advance at The U.S. Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — So who will win the 2018 U.S. Open women’s singles title? Well, at least 10 women have more than a strong chance. And that hasn’t happened for years. It is good for the sport. Our picks? Either No. 17 seed Serena Williams, or No. 3 seed and […]Read more "Serena, Sloane advance on Day One"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Ok, how many people can name the U.S. Open women’s champion of 2017? Probably not that many. No, it wasn’t Serena Williams. Nor Venus. It was the child prodigy, American, Sloane Stephens. The 5-foot-7 Stephens was born to a father who was a Pro Bowl running back […]Read more "Stephens Seeks To Repeat In Flushing"
Americans Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys will meet in the French Open women’s singles semifinals on Thursday in Paris, the first all-American French Open semifinal since 2002, when Serena Williams beat defending champion Jennifer Capriati to win the first of her four consecutive major singles titles. Stephens, seeded 10th at Roland Garros, defeated 14th-seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina, […]Read more "Stephens and Keys to Play First All-U.S. French Open Semifinal in 16 years"
By Richard Kent NEW YORK — It was the most unlikely of days ending with one of the most unlikely of coincidences. American Sloane Stephens defeated Anastasija Sevastova, a very game Latvian, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, behind some clutch net play and despite being down a break in the 3rd and deciding set. And then […]Read more "Sloane,Venus set to meet in Open semis"
By Richard Kent NEW YORK — It has been a special U.S. Open for many American women. Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe immediately come to mind. None more so than 24-year-old Sloane Stephens. The 5-foot- 7 child prodigy, who defeated then No. 3 Serena Williams to reach the semis of the 2013 Wimbledon, finds herself in the quarter-finals […]Read more "Stephens Joins Venus in Open Quarters"