Women’s tennis has long been dominated by the Williams’ sisters. Venus and Serena have been the collective face of women’s tennis, especially here in the United States. Their run of 21 grand slam singles titles, between them, and multiple brand endorsements has given life to a sport where few know anyone beyond the two siblings.
That all is about to change with the rise of 19-year-old Sloane Stephens. The future of US women’s tennis resides in a young woman with a smile a mile wide and a personality to match.
“Sloane is not the top American yet and she’s not the top young American (that’s 20-year-old Christina McHale),” but she has the talent and personality to surpass all on and off the courts. For a sport that is naturally solitary, Sloane has a vibrant personality, evident by her social activity on Twitter.
Heck, after she advanced in the French Open to the round of 16, she excitedly told the press, “I’m excited, because now I’m going to have more Twitter followers.” She simply loves talking to people.
She advanced to the second week of the French Open this year and a third-round finish at Wimbledon. Despite never having beaten a top-10 player, expectations are incredibly high for Sloane. In fact, she just beat the favored (and 32-year-old former French Open champion) Francesca Schiavone in this year’s first-round match at the US Open.
Sloane is just now tapping into her full ability and the future is blindingly bright for her. We look forward to tracking her career as she continues to compete every day – with poise and humility – for the sport and the audience that she loves.