Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsSloane Stephens
IN THE NEWS

Sloane Stephens

FEATURED ARTICLES
SPORTS
August 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Sloane Stephens, an Australian Open semifinalist and a rising American talent, survived a match full of errors in which she wasted two match points on her own serve but beat  Mandy Minella, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), on Monday in a first-round U.S. Open match. On the final point, with Minella serving, Stephens hit a massive forehand and Minella's lunging volley ended up in the net. Minella, who is from Luxembourg and is ranked 110th in the world, burst into tears when her final shot failed.
ARTICLES BY DATE
SPORTS
October 9, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Former Hopman Cup champion John Isner will partner with up-and-coming American Sloane Stephens next January in the Hopman Cup, a warm-up event for the Australian Open. The 20-year-old Stephens upset No. 1-ranked Serena Williams this year at the Australian Open, but Williams went on to win two majors this season, the French Open and U.S. Open. Stephens started the year ranked No. 38 in the world and has moved up to 12th. Isner won the 2011 Hopman Cup with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 2011 and won with Venus Williams in 2013.
Advertisement
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
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.
SPORTS
September 6, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - From her first massive forehand to her final well-placed service winner, top-seeded and defending champion Serena Williams left no doubt Friday against Li Na. Williams beat the fifth-seeded Li, 6-0, 6-3, to advance to the U.S. Open finals. There was a nearly 14-minute game when Li saved six match points in the second set, and it was full of creative points worthy of the standing ovations both players received. But when Li finally won the game it was only to keep her behind, 5-3, with Williams ready to serve out the match.
SPORTS
May 7, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Sloane Stephens called Serena Williams "one of my really good friends" and "the greatest person ever" during an ESPN interview back in January. But that was before the 20-year-old Stephens upset the woman who was largely regarded as her mentor in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open later that month. "She's not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia," Stephens told ESPN The Magazine in March in an interview that appears in its May 13 issue.
SPORTS
August 3, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
Sloane Stephens had double set point against a top-20 player at the Mercury Insurance Open, and her opponent's return was sailing way long. Way long and straight into Stephens' shoulder. Stephens let out a little scream at impact, then the American teen burst out laughing. "Literally, when the ball hit me, I was like, 'I'm going to be such a joke for the next year,' " the 18-year-old Stephens said. "Honestly, I couldn't even tell you what happened. It was embarrassing, it was funny, it was childish — something an 18-year-old would do. " And yet that's the kind of 18-year old Stephens is. At one of the most crucial moments of one of the biggest matches of her young career, Stephens saw the humor in losing the point the way she did. As soon as she gathered her wits, she nailed a first serve that Julia Goerges couldn't return to take the first set. And less than an hour later, she had a 6-3, 7-5 victory — her first win over a top-20 player, and her first set of consecutive wins in a main draw.
SPORTS
August 5, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
It's a matter of experience as much as talent, a battle in the brain as much as on the tennis court sometimes. Sloane Stephens is 18 years old and has played only 10 WTA-level matches. Andrea Petkovic is 23 and has been a pro since 2006, and when you play against the best more often you learn things. For example, Stephens made a crucial mistake in the first set, in the sixth game of her quarterfinal match Friday at the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, when she and Petkovic had traded service holds and the match seemed destined to stay competitive.
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Sloane Stephens did her part. She took all the space away from fellow American Jamie Hampton, commanded the court with her ferocious forehand and never let down for a moment. Stephens needed only 63 minutes to beat the 23rd-seeded Hampton, 6-1, 6-3, on Friday and reach the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time. Serena Williams' chance to do her part didn't arrive until much later Friday night and into Saturday morning. She didn't get on court to start warming up until 11:35 p.m. EDT, after 2001 U.S. Open champ Lleyton Hewitt took 4 hours 3 minutes to upset sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (2)
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England - While Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Laura Robson offered tantalizing glimpses into tennis' future, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams reinforced their current dominance. Top-ranked Djokovic and Williams glided into the fourth round, ending a wacky week of upsets that on Saturday took out the fifth of the 10 top-seeded men. Sunday's traditional break will provide a rest day and a chance to figure out what has happened. Djokovic on Saturday became the eighth active player to win 50 tour-level grass-court matches, earning that distinction with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 rout of No. 28 Jeremy Chardy of France.
SPORTS
July 2, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, Britain -- Sloane Stephens' Wimbledon journey ended Tuesday in the quarterfinals, taking the last American singles entrant out of the competition. Stephens, who has trained in Carson at the U.S. Tennis Assn.'s Training Center-West facility for more than five years, was beaten by Marion Bartoli of France, 6-4, 7-5, in a rain-delayed match on Court 1. Stephens, seeded No. 17, had reached the quarterfinals here for the first time. Bartoli's semifinal opponent  on Thursday will be No.
SPORTS
September 1, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Serena Williams advanced to the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the 11th time with an emphatic 6-4, 6-1 win over 20-year-old fellow American Sloane Stephens. Stephens is considered heir to Williams' spot at the top of tennis. Stephens came to the Open seeded 15th and with a win over the top-seeded and top-ranked Williams earlier this year at the first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open. This fourth-round match, Williams said, "felt a lot bigger. Thanks, Sloane.
SPORTS
August 31, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Alison Riske, an unseeded 23-year-old from Pittsburgh, showed no nerves but plenty of big ground strokes in upsetting seventh-seeded and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 6-0, in a third-round match at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Riske is part of a large group of young American women making their presence felt at the Grand Slam event, including 20-year-old Sloane Stephens, who will play top-seed Serena Williams Sunday in the fourth round. There was also 17-year-old Victoria Duval, who eliminated U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur in the first round; 23-year-old Jamie Hampton, who lost to Stephens on Friday; and 21-year-old Christina McHale, who played 13th-seeded and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic tough before losing 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in 2 hours, 20 minutes Saturday.
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
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.
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Sloane Stephens did her part. She took all the space away from fellow American Jamie Hampton, commanded the court with her ferocious forehand and never let down for a moment. Stephens needed only 63 minutes to beat the 23rd-seeded Hampton, 6-1, 6-3, on Friday and reach the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time. Serena Williams' chance to do her part didn't arrive until much later Friday night and into Saturday morning. She didn't get on court to start warming up until 11:35 p.m. EDT, after 2001 U.S. Open champ Lleyton Hewitt took 4 hours 3 minutes to upset sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (2)
SPORTS
August 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Sloane Stephens, an Australian Open semifinalist and a rising American talent, survived a match full of errors in which she wasted two match points on her own serve but beat  Mandy Minella, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), on Monday in a first-round U.S. Open match. On the final point, with Minella serving, Stephens hit a massive forehand and Minella's lunging volley ended up in the net. Minella, who is from Luxembourg and is ranked 110th in the world, burst into tears when her final shot failed.
SPORTS
July 2, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, Britain -- Sloane Stephens' Wimbledon journey ended Tuesday in the quarterfinals, taking the last American singles entrant out of the competition. Stephens, who has trained in Carson at the U.S. Tennis Assn.'s Training Center-West facility for more than five years, was beaten by Marion Bartoli of France, 6-4, 7-5, in a rain-delayed match on Court 1. Stephens, seeded No. 17, had reached the quarterfinals here for the first time. Bartoli's semifinal opponent  on Thursday will be No.
SPORTS
August 31, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Alison Riske, an unseeded 23-year-old from Pittsburgh, showed no nerves but plenty of big ground strokes in upsetting seventh-seeded and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 6-0, in a third-round match at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Riske is part of a large group of young American women making their presence felt at the Grand Slam event, including 20-year-old Sloane Stephens, who will play top-seed Serena Williams Sunday in the fourth round. There was also 17-year-old Victoria Duval, who eliminated U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur in the first round; 23-year-old Jamie Hampton, who lost to Stephens on Friday; and 21-year-old Christina McHale, who played 13th-seeded and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic tough before losing 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in 2 hours, 20 minutes Saturday.
SPORTS
September 1, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
— Serena Williams called herself "motivated" during her 6-4, 6-0 third-round win Saturday at the U.S. Open over Russia's Ekaterina Makarova. Sometimes "motivated" is just another word for "revenge. " Williams was upset by Makarova at this season's first major tournament, the Australian Open. On Saturday, Williams was willing to be patient and construct points shot by shot from the baseline, and she was able to pounce suddenly, with an ace or an unexpected volley. "I was motivated," Williams said.
SPORTS
July 2, 2013 | Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England - The abnormal has become the new normal at Wimbledon, where one of the women's semifinalists was playing too poorly a year ago to compete here and the lone remaining past champion was eliminated Tuesday in the quarterfinals "Tennis, it's kind of a crazy game," 15th-seeded Marion Bartoli said after defeating American Sloane Stephens, 6-4, 7-5, in a rain-delayed match to advance to Thursday's semifinals. "But that's also the magic of it. " There was far more craziness than magic Tuesday in the quarterfinals, producing a final four so unlikely one of them couldn't grasp it. Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who has one career tournament win to her credit at age 27, upset No. 8 seed and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, on Centre Court to set up a semifinal against Bartoli on Thursday.
SPORTS
July 1, 2013 | Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams insisted her round-of-16 loss to Germany's Sabine Lisicki wasn't a shock, because Lisicki is a good grass-court player with a "massive, massive serve" and was vastly underrated as the 23rd seed. In many ways, that made sense. What triggered gasps throughout a sport thrown off-kilter by a flood of upsets last week was how unaggressive Williams often was. Overwhelmingly favored to win her sixth Wimbledon and 17th Grand Slam title, she was so ineffective at crucial moments, and so tentative, that "shocking" is the only fitting description for her performance, if not the result itself.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|