NEW YORK---Sloane Stephens, who upset Serena Williams at the Australian Open earlier this year, seems headed for a rematch.
Stephens, seeded 15th at the U.S. Open, dominated fellow American Jamie Hampton and won 6-1, 6-3 over the 23rd-seeded Hampton.
Williams had been hampered by a sprained ankle when she lost to Stephens in the Australian Open quarterfinals 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Stephens ended a 20-match Williams winning streak with that victory and the two haven't been chummy since then.
"I just tried to play my best," Stephens said. "Jamie's a friend. Luckily I got the 'W.' This year's been a learning process for me. I've improved so much. I've been working hard.
"I need to just play my best, play my game, that's what I'm going to count on," Stephens said.
Williams plays doubles specialist Yaroslava Shvedova later Friday night and if she wins would face Stephens in a fourth round match, likely during the day on Sunday when CBS will be televising the tournament.