Sloane Stephens
American tennis player
Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens is an American professional tennis player who as of February 4, 2013 is ranked world no. 17 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Stephens has yet to make a WTA Tour singles final, having reached four semifinals, though the highlight of her career thus far has been a semifinal appearance at the 2013 Australian Open.
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Sloane Stephens’s Coach Recommits to Craft After Health Scare
NYTimes - 8 months
Fully recovered from a mini-stroke and as irrepressible as ever, Coach Kamau Murray is lifting the 23-year-old Stephens to new heights.
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American Stephens Wins Volvo Car Open, Beats Vesnina
NYTimes - 11 months
Sloane Stephens invited a friend to come watch her play at the Volvo Car Open.
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Stephens to Face Vesnina in Charleston Final
NYTimes - 11 months
Sloane Stephens reached her third WTA final of the year when top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany retired in the second set of their semi-final at the Volvo Car Open in South Carolina on Saturday due to a viral illness.
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Sloane Stephens Exits, Again, in Australian Open First Round
NYTimes - about 1 year
Stephens figures she has plenty more Grand Slams ahead of her to improve upon her performance at this year’s Australian Open.
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Spirited Stephens Bags Auckland Title as Melbourne Looms
NYTimes - about 1 year
Sloane Stephens ground down unseeded German Julia Goerges 7-5 6-2 to win the Auckland Classic on Saturday, the American ending a busy day at the office with a confidence-boosting triumph ahead of the Australian Open.
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Tennis-Auckland Classic women's singles round 2 results
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Jan 6 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Auckland Classic Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Wednesday 3-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Christina McHale (U.S.) 6-0 6-2 Alexandra Dulgheru (Romania) beat Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) 7-6(4) 6-3 Julia Goerges (Germany) beat 7-Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) 6-4 7-6(7) Naomi Broady (Britain) beat Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) 4-6 7-6(4) 7-5 Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) beat Irina Falconi (U.S.) 6-1 4-6 6-2 Nao Hibino (Japan) beat Darya Kasatkina (Russia) 7-5 2-6 7-5 5-Sloane Stephens (U.S. ...
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Tennis - Serena Williams cruises into Madrid 3rd round
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
- World number one Serena Williams extended her unbeaten record this season to 22 matches with a routine 6-4, 6-0 win over Sloane Stephens to move into the third round of the Madrid Open on Monday. The 19-time Grand Slam champion will face either Victoria Azarenka or Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round on Wednesday. Caroline Wozniacki set up a third round meeting with Agnieszka Radwanska as her promising start to the clay court season continued with a 7-5, 6-0 win over American qualifier Christina McHale.
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Preview of tough Madrid Open women’s draw
isports web - almost 2 years
Serena Williams hasn’t lost a match this season. Five of the top 10 players – Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic and Angie Radwanska – suffered first round losses in their last tournament. No. 12 Angelique Kerber beat three top 10 players (including former No. 1 Sharapova) en route to her second back-to-back title of 2015. Victoria Azarenka, former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion, is still ranked No. 31. In other words, Serena dominates and the rest of the WTA continues to be unpredictable. The Mutua Madrid Open begins on Saturday, May 2 and the recent struggles and surprising triumphs of the top seeds will surely make for an extremely interesting tournament. First Quarter Azarenka will have to continue to claw herself back into the top 10 with a tough match-up against seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. The eldest Williams sister leads their head-to-head 4-1, but Azarenka did prevail during their last meeting at Doha in ...
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'Blocking queen' Stephens waves bye-bye to Twitter haters
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Sloane Stephens referred to Serena Williams as a "colleague" and said she has had to block "a lot" of her fans on Twitter after the two had a falling out following the 2013 Aussie Open. The two former US Fed Cup teammates Stephens and Williams both won their matches Sunday to set up a fourth round clash, with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals of the WTA and ATP Tour Indian Wells tournament. Stephens said they are no longer as chummy as they used to be but they have managed to maintain a working relationship. Top seed Williams, who is making her first appearance in Indian Wells in 14 years, needed just 53 minutes to crush world No. 32 Zarina Diyas 6-2, 6-0 and Stephens outlasted former two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 6-4.
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Romanian Keeps Elevating Her Game and Her Confidence
NYTimes - over 2 years
Simona Halep, the highest remaining seed in the women’s draw, scored a 6-4, 6-3 victory on Monday over Sloane Stephens, who was the last American left in the singles draws.
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Sloane Stephens clarifies she was not cheering for Williams' loss; Nadal on time violation
Fox News - about 3 years
For the record, Sloane Stephens was not cheering in celebration when Serena Williams lost.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sloane Stephens
  • 2015
    Age 21
    Stephens ended the 2015 season ranked No. 30.
    More Details Hide Details Stephens started her season at Auckland in the ASB Classic. She defeated Polona Hercog, Carina Witthöft and qualifier Naomi Broady to advance to the semifinals against Caroline Wozniacki. The semifinal match was forced to be postponed due to rainy weather when Stephens was leading 5–2 first set. Stephens finished the semifinal match in two sets and defeated Julia Görges in straight sets on the same day to claim her second WTA title. At the Australian Open she was the 24th seed. In the first round she was put up against qualifier Wang Qiang but lost in two sets in a 1 hour and 23 minutes match. Stephens defeated Magda Linette in Fed Cup II. World Group match against Poland. Stephens claimed her third career title at Acapulco in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. She defeated qualifier Louisa Chirico, Olga Govortsova, wild card Naomi Osaka, Yanina Wickmayer and Dominika Cibulková in a three-hour final decided in a tiebreak. After receiving a first round bye in Indian Wells, Stephens suffered a straight sets loss to a resurgent Eugenie Bouchard. The same happened at the Miami Open, where she lost to Heather Watson.
    With a 6-4, 6-4 win over Lauren Davis in the second round, Stephens set up a third round encounter with 2015 French Open finalist Lucie Šafářová.
    More Details Hide Details However, after taking the first set 6-3, Stephens fell to Šafářová in three sets. She carried her form into the Citi Open where she captured her 1st WTA title beating Sam Stosur en route. Stephens continued her hard court season at Toronto, where she would lose in the first round to Dominika Cibulková. She then picked up success in Cincinnati, defeating both Carla Suárez Navarro 6-1, 6-2 in the first round and Mona Barthel 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the second round before being topped by Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the Round of 16. Despite being seeded No. 29, her hard court success was temporarily put on hold with a first round loss at the US Open to Coco Vandeweghe, losing 6-4, 6-3. Stephens was able to regain her form at Seoul, besting Na-Lae Han 6-1, 6-1 in the first round and Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-3, 6-4 in the Round of 16. Stephens would lose to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the Quarterfinals 6-3, 6-2. In Wuhan, Sloane picked up a first round win against Alison Riske 7-6 (4), 6-3 but would lose in the next round to Garbiñe Muguruza 6-2, 6-0. She had a similar outcome in Beijing, beating the No. 9 seed Karolína Plíšková 6-3, 6-2, and losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the next round. She was seeded No. 29. Her final tournament of the year was cut short with a first round loss to Mona Barthel in Luxembourg, losing 6-4, 7-5.
    Stephens began her 2015 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland as the 6th seed.
    More Details Hide Details She lost in the second round to lower-ranked compatriot Lauren Davis in a three-set battle. Moving on to Hobart, she once again was defeated in the second round, this time by Heather Watson who went on to win the tournament. With a slow start to the season and coming into the Australian Open unseeded, Stephens faced Victoria Azarenka in the 1st round, losing 3-6, 2-6. Stephens' losing streak continued in Acapulco, where she fell to Johanna Larsson in the first round. However, she managed to regain some form and start turning the season around at Indian Wells. In the first round, she defeated Chanelle Scheepers in two tights sets 7-5, 7-5. She then beat former top 10 players Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 2nd and 3rd rounds respectively. Facing World No. 1 in the R16, Serena Williams, Stephens won a tight first set in a tiebreak, before falling 7-6(3), 2-6, 2-6. Stephens continued this form in Miami, going a step further than the previous tournament and reaching the quarterfinals. With straight set victories over Yanina Wickmayer, Madison Keys, Johanna Larsson, and Belinda Bencic in the first four round, Stephens eventually fell to World. No. 3, Simona Halep 1-6, 5-7 after putting up a tough fight in the second set.
    Since then, she has reached a career-high singles ranking of 11 in the world and claimed her first WTA title at the 2015 Citi Open.
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  • 2014
    Age 20
    In the first round, she defeated 27th seed and 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Barbara Strýcová with a convincing scoreline of 6-4, 6-2.
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    Stephens continued this good form into the Wimbledon Championships, where she lost in the first round in 2014.
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    Stephens began 2014 at the Hopman Cup with John Isner representing USA.
    More Details Hide Details In their first rubber, USA comfortably won all of their matches against Spain. In their second rubber against France, Stephens successfully defeated Alizé Cornet, while Isner lost his singles match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the pair lost their doubles match. In their final rubber, they faced the Czech Republic team consisting of Petra Kvitová and Radek Štěpánek. In her match against Kvitová, she was forced to retire after losing the first set, handing the Czech team a decisive lead in their rubber. As a result of her injury, her and Isner were replaced by Bojana Bobusic and Oliver Anderson in the mixed doubles, ending her Hopman Cup campaign. Seeded 13th at the Australian Open, Stephens advanced to the second round with a close two-set victory over Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova. In the second round, she squared off against Ajla Tomljanović and came from behind to defeat her in three sets. She followed this up with a straight sets win over Elina Svitolina, setting up a clash with 2nd seed Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round. Stephens would go on to lose in a rematch of the previous edition's semifinal. Following the Australian Open, Stephens competed in Doha and Dubai, falling in the first round of both tournaments. She regained form at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Seeded 17th, she received a bye into the second round, where she dispatched Ajla Tomljanović, Ana Ivanovic and Alisa Kleybanova in successive matches.
  • 2013
    Age 19
    Stephens then travelled to Istanbul as one of two alternates for the 2013 WTA Tour Championships, but she did not get an opportunity to play.
    More Details Hide Details She finished the year ranked world number 11 and the only woman in top 30 under the age of 22.
    Seeded 15th, She barely pulled through the first round of the 2013 US Open, beating Mandy Minella by the extremely close score.
    More Details Hide Details She then recovered, cruising past Urszula Radwańska in the second round and Jamie Hampton in the third, before losing in the fourth round to eventual champion Serena Williams in straight sets.
    She defeated third-seeded Maria Sharapova in the second round of the 2013 Western & Southern Open, though lost in the next round.
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    She was defeated in the first round in the 2013 Citi Open, and reached merely the third round of the 2013 Rogers Cup.
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    Stephens finished the clay court season by reaching the fourth round of the 2013 French Open for the second consecutive year, defeating Karin Knapp, Vania King and Marina Erakovic en route before losing to second seed and defending champion, Maria Sharapova.
    More Details Hide Details She also played in the doubles draw with her partner Mallory Burdette. The pair lost in the first round to eventual champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. Stephens was seeded 17th at the Wimbledon Championships. She defeated Jamie Hampton, Andrea Petkovic, Petra Cetkovská and Mónica Puig to reach the quarterfinals for the first time where she lost in straight sets to fifteenth seed and eventual champion Marion Bartoli.
    Stephens' poor form continued as she lost to Daniela Hantuchová in the opening round of 2013 Mutua Madrid Open.
    More Details Hide Details Stephens broke her losing streak at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia by defeating Flavia Pennetta and Kiki Bertens to reach the third round where she lost to the World No. 2 and two-time defending champion, Maria Sharapova. At the Brussels Open, Stephens defeated Tsvetana Pironkova and Zhang Shuai to reach the quarterfinals where she lost in straight sets to eighth seed, Peng Shuai.
    She then lost her match against Sofia Arvidsson during the 2013 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs, but the United States Fed Cup Team defeated Sweden 3–2 to secure themselves a place in the 2014 World Group.
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    Stephens then lost in the second round of the 2013 Family Circle Cup to Bethanie Mattek-Sands after receiving a first round bye.
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    Following the Australian Open, Stephens pulled out of the first round Fed Cup tie for United States against the third-seeded Italy due to a strained abdominal muscle. She lost her opening round matches in Doha, Dubai and Indian Wells before reaching the fourth round of the 2013 Sony Open Tennis after defeating Olga Govortsova and receiving a walkover Venus Williams in the third round.
    More Details Hide Details However, she lost to the 4th seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwańska in three sets.
    The following week, Stephens reached the semi-finals of the 2013 Moorilla Hobart International, where she was seeded eighth.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Laura Robson, Simona Halep and Lauren Davis en route before losing to the eventual champion, Elena Vesnina in straight sets. Stephens achieved a new career high singles ranking of World No. 25 following the event. At the Australian Open, Stephens was seeded 29th. She defeated Halep, Kristina Mladenovic, Laura Robson and Bojana Jovanovski to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal where she defeated World No. 3 and tournament favorite Serena Williams in three sets to reach the semi-finals. There, she lost a next match to the World No. 1 and defending champion, Victoria Azarenka. However, as a result of reaching the semifinals, Stephens achieved a new career high singles ranking of World No. 17 following the event, making her the youngest player (and the only teenager) in the top 20.
    Stephens began the year by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2013 Brisbane International, defeating Dominika Cibulková and Sofia Arvidsson en route before losing to Serena Williams in straight sets in the quarterfinals.
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  • 2012
    Age 18
    In mixed doubles, Stephens and Ram defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecău, who were the champions in the 2012 Australian Open, but the pair retired in the second round.
    More Details Hide Details Later, Stephens said she had been playing with a torn abdominal muscle, which she initially injured during the fourth round at Roland Garros. "I kept playing when I shouldn't have", she told Tennis Now. Stephens ended the year as the youngest player in the year-end top 50, and the only teenager.
    In the 2012 US Open, she participated in Women's Singles, Women's Doubles with Tímea Babos, and Mixed Doubles with Rajeev Ram.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round of singles, she stunned 22nd seed Francesca Schiavone in front of the home crowd in the Louis Armstrong stadium. She then defeated Tatjana Malek in the second round. Stephens then faced 12th seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. Stephens won first set, but Ivanovic eventually rallied to beat Stephens in three sets. In women's doubles, she and Babos lost in the first round against Janette Husárová and Magdaléna Rybáriková.
    Stephens travelled to Washington, D.C. to compete in the 2012 Citi Open.
    More Details Hide Details She was seeded third. She defeated Sesil Karatantcheva in the first round, Michelle Larcher de Brito in the second, and Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals, but fell to Magdaléna Rybáriková in the semifinals. In New Haven, she defeated seeded 33rd Austrian Tamira Paszek, but suffered a three-set loss to 11th seed Marion Bartoli.
    Stephens advanced to the fourth round of the 2012 French Open by defeating Ekaterina Makarova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Mathilde Johansson.
    More Details Hide Details In the fourth round, she lost to sixth seed Samantha Stosur in two sets. She advanced to the third round of Wimbledon by defeating Karolína Plíšková in the first round and upsetting 23rd seed Petra Cetkovská in three sets in the second round. In the third round, she lost to German Sabine Lisicki.
    After failing to qualify for the 2012 Madrid Masters, she qualified for the 2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia and advanced to the second round.
    More Details Hide Details Stephens then traveled to Strasbourg. She advanced to the second round after Maria Kirilenko retired. Stephens then beat fellow teenager Tímea Babos, before advancing to the semifinals with a straight-set win over Ayumi Morita. Stephens was defeated in the semifinals by former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. It was Stephens' first trip to the semifinals of a WTA tournament.
    She then qualified for the 2012 Miami Masters, where she advanced to the third round, defeating 30th seed Sara Errani in the second round.
    More Details Hide Details After the Miami Masters, she travelled to Ukraine, where she enlarged USA's lead to 5-0 following a win with Liezel Huber in the doubles tie against Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok.
    Stephens was then given a wildcard to play in the 2012 Indian Wells Masters, where she made it to the second round.
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    In 2012, Stephens reached the second round of the Australian Open, where she lost to 18th seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova.
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    She stated that her favorite surface is clay when she entered the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
    More Details Hide Details She has cited Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams and Serena Williams as her main inspirations in tennis. She also cited her grandfather as her biggest influence growing up. Stephens is an all-court player. She hits her forehand with a large swing and as a result the shot can be either a strength or a weakness for her. Stephens sports a powerful two-handed backhand. Cross-court Sloane tends to hit a very steady ball, often hoping to run around her backhand in order to hit an aggressive forehand. Stephens often finishes points at the net and is a competent volleyer. In her 2013 Australian Open match against Serena Williams, she won 18 of 20 (90%) net points. She also has a good serve with a very fluid motion. Stephens often stays well behind the baseline, relying on her athleticism to chase and return balls. She is capable of defending against powerfully-hit shots, and occasionally turns defensive shots into offensive shots. Fitness is one of Stephens' biggest strengths on the tennis court.
  • 2011
    Age 17
    Following her improved performance at Wimbledon, she reached a career-high ranking of world no. 125 on July 4, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Stephens was given a wildcard in San Diego, Stephens made her first WTA quarterfinals, defeating Julia Görges en route. However, she lost to Andrea Petkovic in the quarterfinals. She then lost in the first round of Cincinnati and the final qualifying round of New Haven. Being granted a wildcard to the US Open, she won her first main-draw Grand Slam match by beating Réka-Luca Jani in the first round. She backed up this win by beating 23rd seed Shahar Pe'er in the second round. She then lost to former world no. 1 Ana Ivanovic. Stephens ended the year as the youngest player in the year-end top 100, at no. 97.
    At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Stephens was the 12th seed in qualifying.
    More Details Hide Details She lost in the second round to Nina Bratchikova.
    In May 2011, Stephens won the $50,000 2011 Camparini Gioielli Cup.
    More Details Hide Details It was her first tournament win on the ITF circuit. Stephens then participated in the qualifying draw of the French Open as the 21st seed. She beat Anastasia Pivovarova in the qualifying competition to qualify for the main draw event. She lost to Elena Baltacha in the first round.
    The next week, as a wildcard entry, she won both matches at the qualifying stage of the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open to qualify for a spot in the main draw.
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    Stephens made another run at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, where she defeated fellow American Jamie Hampton in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details In the second round, she lost to world no. 1, and eventual champion, Caroline Wozniacki.
  • 2010
    Age 16
    Stephens qualified for the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, where she defeated Lucie Hradecká in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details She then lost against the defending champion, 12th-seeded Vera Zvonareva.
  • 2009
    Age 15
    John Stephens was killed in a car accident on September 1, 2009, just before the start of the US Open.
    More Details Hide Details Stephens attended her father's funeral in Louisiana, but remained entered in the US Open. Stephens' younger brother, Shawn Farrell, plays baseball and football at Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles. She started playing tennis at the age of nine, at the Sierra Sport and Racquet Club, in Fresno, California, where her mother and stepfather introduced her to the sport. Two years later Stephens relocated from Fresno to Boca Raton, Florida, where she began training at the prestigious Evert Tennis Academy. A year later at the age of 12, Stephens stepped up her training once again by joining the Nick Saviano High Performance Tennis Academy, and switching to online-based home-schooling, which allowed her to maximize her time spent on the court. She graduated from high school in 2011. Stephens currently splits time between her home in Florida and Los Angeles, where she trains at the USTA training center in Carson, California.
    During the summer, Stephens played World Team Tennis for the New York Buzz. Stephens' last professional tournament of the 2009 season was the US Open, where she received a qualifying wildcard for the second year in a row.
    More Details Hide Details Stephens lost in the first round of qualifying. In October, Stephens turned professional when she signed with BEST.
    In 2009, Stephens began the year playing several ITF tournaments with moderate success.
    More Details Hide Details She received another qualifying wildcard into the Sony Ericsson Open, losing in the first round to Akgul Amanmuradova. In the summer, Stephens received another qualifying wildcard into a WTA tournament: the LA Women's Tennis Championships. There, Stephens won her first WTA match against Lenka Wienerová, but fell in the second round of qualifying to Anastasia Rodionova.
    The following month, Stephens reached the quarterfinals at the junior Wimbledon, before losing again to Mladenovic. Stephens reached a career-high junior ranking of world no. 5 on August 10, 2009. Seeded fourth at the junior US Open, Stephens lost in three sets to 14th seed Jana Čepelová in the third round. At the 2010 Junior Wimbledon Championship, Sloane made it to the quarterfinals of the singles and won the doubles title with Tímea Babos, winning a tough three-setter in the final.
    More Details Hide Details Stephens played her first professional events on the ITF Circuit in late 2007. In spring 2008, Stephens received a wildcard into her first WTA event, the Sony Ericssson Open in Miami, but lost to Ekaterina Bychkova in the first round. During the summer, Stephens won a small ITF doubles tournament with partner Christina McHale. She received a wildcard into the US Open qualifying rounds, where she defeated seventh-seeded Melinda Czink, but then lost in straight sets to Stefanie Vögele.
    Stephens continued her form in 2009, capturing the singles and doubles titles at Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships (partnering Mallory Burdette).
    More Details Hide Details Stephens then traveled to Italy, where she captured the Grade A Italian Open singles title. The following week, Stephens participated in her first overseas junior Grand Slam, the French Open. As a qualifier, Stephens reached the semifinals, before losing to eventual champion Kristina Mladenovic.
  • 2008
    Age 14
    Stephens had a breakthrough year in 2008, when she finished the US Open Junior doubles as runner-up alongside partner Mallory Burdette.
    More Details Hide Details Later at the Grade A Orange Bowl, she made it to the semifinals as a wildcard, before losing in three sets to compatriot Christina McHale.
  • 1993
    Born on March 20, 1993.
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