He has also been able to motivate Sloane to a title, won at the 2022 Guadalajara in Mexico. She has also reached a new career-high ranking at No. Although she reached No. Sloane Stephens has reunited with former coach Kamau Murray, with the pair to work together during the US Open. She defeated four unseeded players to make her first Grand Slam tournament quarterfinal and set up her second clash with Williams that month. Stephens was raised by her mother and her stepfather, Sheldon Farrell, who married Smith in 1997 and worked as a business consultant. Sloane Stephens is a top-rated American female tennis player with a lot to offer and a potential successor to the retired Serena Williams. Seeded fourth, she overcame a bee sting to beat Magdalena Frch in the first round. [104], In contrast to previous years where Stephens struggled at smaller tournaments while still doing well at bigger tournaments, she struggled at the Grand Slam tournaments and high-level Premier events in 2016. [288][289], Her favorite player growing up was Kim Clijsters, who congratulated Stephens in person after her 2017 US Open title. 5 and winning three out of four major girls' doubles titles in 2010 with her partner Tmea Babos. She was eliminated in the second round by compatriot, seventh seed, and eventual champion, Danielle Collins. [67] With Serena entering the match in excellent form and also having defeated her much younger opponent earlier that month, Stephens was listed as high as a 16-to-1 underdog. [11] She started playing tennis at the age of nine at the Sierra Sport and Racquet Club, a tennis facility located across the street from her house where her stepfather regularly played and her mother was taking lessons. She defeated Lucie Hradeck in her first career main-draw match before losing to the defending champion, 12th-seeded Vera Zvonareva. [15], Roger Smith began coaching Stephens in early 2009 and worked with her for several years. [194] The USA won the tie over Spain 2-1 to advance to the semifinals. [215], Two weeks after the US Open, Stephens played at the Emilia-Romagna Open. [245] Stephens then won their next two meetings in early 2013, including a first round match at the Australian Open as part of her breakthrough semifinal run at the event. Photo: Chris Smith/ Volvo Car Open. [267] At the start of 2015, she returned to her longtime junior coach, Nick Saviano. Stephens also reached a career-high ranking of No. Her successful year was cut short by a foot injury that kept her out for months. Stephens had frequently been regarded as a potential successor to Serena Williams to become the next top American women's tennis player, if not the best in the world. [72], At the Cincinnati Open in August, Stephens scored her second big upset of the year when she knocked out Sharapova, the No. [248] Their next big match, the final at the Canadian Open, was ranked as the match of the year by the WTA. [250] However, most of her best results have come on hard courts, including her US Open and Miami Open titles, as well as six of her seven titles in total. He coached Sloane Stephens to a US Open title, but Kamau Murray's big goal is a youth tennis center in Chicago He's creating a pipeline of black tennis talent By David Mendell February 23, 2018 Tennis instructor Kamau Murray watches over Jabari Cooke, 15, at the non-profit XS Tennis Village in Chicago. Sloane Stephens reunites with coach Kamau Murray ahead of U.S. Open. 306 and lucky loser, Nefisa Berberovi, in three sets. "I've known him for a really long time. 3, 2021: French Open fourth round, out of top 50, 2022: First title since 2018, French Open quarterfinal, Last edited on 28 February 2023, at 15:01, https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1605598193718161408, "For a Rising Tennis Star, a Connection, Then Dealing With Loss", "She beat Venus to reach the U.S. Open final. Azarenka eliminated Stephens for the third consecutive year. Sloane started working with David in 2012 to help her qualify for the 2012 Olympics; however, she eventually missed out on this. [179] At the Italian Open, she fell in the final round of qualifying to Tamara Zidanek. 28, Yulia Putintseva. [114][115][45], Stephens entered the US Open at No. "Happy to have Francis Roig join my team as my new coach! [121][122] She became the first American woman other than the Williams sisters to win a major title since Jennifer Capriati won the Australian Open in 2002 and the first to win the US Open since Lindsay Davenport in 1998. Kamau Murray coaching Sloane Stephens at last year's Open. Uli Seit for The New York Times "Every player that I have coached will affirm that I am a very clear. 11 in the world, had been coached by Sven Groeneveld since Maybut announced the end of that partnershipMonday. [190], At the first edition of the Chicago Fall Classic, Stephens was eliminated in the first round by 13th seed Tamara Zidanek. [59] Her final tournament of the year was the US Open. Nonetheless, she finished the year as the youngest player in the top 50 at No. [33] In the spring of 2008, she received a qualifying wildcard into her first WTA Tour event, the Miami Open, where she lost her opening round match. Born to athletic parents with backgrounds in collegiate swimming and professional American football, Stephens was introduced to tennis at the club across the street from her house in Fresno, California. She was eliminated in the first round by Madison Keys in three sets. 2 Halep again in Cincinnati. [88][93], Stephens and Halep have built a rivalry centered around their highest profile matches in 2018. The current coach and hitting partner of Sloane Stephens is Darian King. My whole life is about tennis. She reached the French Open quarterfinals and third round of Wimbledon this year but struggledduring the hard court tournaments in the run up to the U.S. Open next week. In the opening round, she defeated Rka Luca Jani for her first Grand Slam tournament match win. Now the Grand Slam champion is here to sh. 270, Renata Zaraza. [169] Seeded 29th at the French Open, she lost in the second round to Paula Badosa.[170]. 3 after Wimbledon in 2018. [219] At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to Anastasia Potapova. [284] She was also a brand ambassador for USANA, a nutrition company. [33], Stephens often plays behind the baseline, relying on her athleticism to defend against her opponent's shots. . [63][64] This was the first top-ten victory of Stephens's career and made her much more prominent. [88] Stephens then improved on that result with a quarterfinal appearance at the Miami Open, which included a win over rival Madison Keys in their first encounter. She lost her first two matches back, one to compatriot Alison Riske at Wimbledon, and the other to No. 37 in the world. He also recorded a Singles title and three Doubles career titles during his time. Murray had spent most of this season coaching Monica Puig, who was informed "at the end of last week" that Murray was moving on, she wrote in a statement toSporting News. Murray also . This tennis match is between Heather Watson and Sloane Stephens. Kamau is arguably the most successful coach of Sloane so far since he led her to her highest career ranking and five out of the seven career titles she has won. [73] She lost in the next round to No. Stephens moved to Florida to train at a tennis academy, ultimately working with Nick Saviano. Sloane Stephens graduated from Indiana University East Class of 2017( Source : instagram) Further, Roger Smith started to coach her in early 2009, and she became a top-ranked junior with three Grand Slam tournament doubles titles. Although she disliked that they were uninterested in signing autographs at a match she attended and has also commented that neither of them tried to serve as one of her mentors, Stephens has stated she developed a good relationship with the Williams sisters. [273][274], Stephens is represented by GSE Worldwide. [173], Stephens losing streak continued at the Monterrey Open. He was ranked as high as 34 in the Singles and 22 in the Doubles category. She lost in the first round to 17th seed and world No. Although she lost to Elena Baltacha, she rose to a career best No. Stephens also withdrew from her last match with a wrist injury. 11 towards the end of 2013, she regressed and stayed outside the top 25 to the end of 2015. 336. In the first tie, Slovakia beat the USA 21. 17 Anastasija Sevastova to set up the first all-American semifinals at a major since Wimbledon in 1985, and the first at the US Open since 1981. 3 Garbie Muguruza, and No. They played for a third time in 2021 at the US Open and Sloane prevailed in a third set tiebreak. Keys has said, "Sloane and I, since we were 12 and 14, have constantly been compared to each other. She notably defeated world No. Stephens also is a proficient server: she can hit first serves as fast as 110115 miles per hour and is capable of employing both first and second serves with a flat, sliced, or kick serve approach. During the time she won the US Open and made the final at Roland Garris, many made many comparisons and comparisons between Serena and. [216] She lost in the second round to Danka Kovini, in three sets. Sloane Stephens has reconnected with coach Kamau Murray days ahead of this year's U.S. Open, which Stephens won in 2017 while working with Murray. She ended up taking the rest of the year off to recover. [266], Stephens briefly worked with Thomas Hgstedt in late 2014. Here, Stephens upset No. She won her only match, a doubles dead rubber with partner Liezel Huber, as the United States won the tie 50 to return to the top-level World Group in 2013. Required fields are marked *. In her first appearance in 2008, she defeated world No. [212] This was her first loss to Tomljanovi, having led their Head to Head 6-0. [50], With an improved ranking, Stephens was able to play WTA Tour-level events the entire season. 2, Simona Halep, at the Washington Open. [277], Stephens uses Head rackets, specifically endorsing the Speed line as of January 2023. 30 in the world. [161] She fell in the second round to Leylah Fernandez. [137] Keys defeated Stephens for the first time in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Charleston Open. To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended. Her second title of the year also came on hardcourt at the Mexican Open. She was also awarded WTA Comeback Player of the Year for her successful season. "[242] International Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert has praised their rivalry, saying, "I liked [their match in the 2018 Canadian Open final] a lot, because that is a contrast in personalities and styles, in moods, in coaches. The 29-year-old was born on the 20th of March, 1993, in Florida, United States (US), into a family with a strong athletics history. Without a permanent coach this year the world No.7 posted a 6-6 match record on Tour until appointing Sven Groeneveld ahead of her clay-court campaign. 7 Kiki Bertens. She was eliminated in the first round by ninth seed Garbie Muguruza. [58] She also reached the third round at the Premier 5 Cincinnati Open, where she lost a tight match to world No. She then reached her first WTA semifinal at the Internationaux de Strasbourg. 96, Johanna Larsson, while committing 63 unforced errors. However, she got a lucky loser spot into the main draw. Her game is commonly referred to as possessing "easy power" due to the seemingly casual nature in which she injects pace into her shots. [150][151] She also reached the third round at Wimbledon, despite having lost her previous two opening round matches there. With Colgate, Stephens is a part of their Bright Smiles, Bright Futures campaign that focuses on educating children about oral hygiene. We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Sloane Stephens under the guidance of various coaches.CoachesYears of CompletionTitlesFrancisco Gonzalez 2002 2004John and Chris Evert2004- 2005Nick Saviano2005 2009; 20152015 Washington DC OpenRoger Smith2009 2012David Nainkin 2012 2013Paul Annacone 2013 2014Thomas Hogstedt 2014 2015Kamau Murray 2015 2018; 2019 20212018 Miami Open 2017 US Open 2016 Auckland Open 2016 Acapulco Open 2016 Charleston OpenDarian King2021 till date2022 Guadalajara Openif(typeof ez_ad_units!='undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[300,250],'thetennistime_com-leader-1','ezslot_15',560,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-thetennistime_com-leader-1-0'); Hi all, I'm Nick. Sloane Stephens hires Rafael Nadal's former tennis coach. 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[91] Having struggled at the last three Grand Slam events, Stephens managed to upset world No. 109, Melinda Czink, while still only 15 years old, but was unable to advance to the main draw in any of these appearances. She played two singles matches and the decisive doubles rubber. [207] She reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 2019 by defeating 23rd seed and world No. (Elsa/Getty Images) This article is more than 3 years old. 2 seed in the WTT Playoffs. [83] After playing in one more tournament in September, she ended her season early to recover from a wrist injury. Veteran Spaniard Francis Roig is set to be the new coach of former US Open champion Sloane Stephens. [18] Her first breakthrough result came at the US Open in 2008, where she reached her first doubles final at a Grand Slam with Mallory Burdette. They have organized programs in Compton, Fresno, and Fort Lauderdale. Stephens played singles for the Smash throughout the season, helping them to earn a No. According to the Aggression Score Metric, which measures a player's aggression based on how quickly they end points either through a winner, an unforced error, or an opponent's forced error, Stephens has a score of 19.4% which implies that 19.4% of her shots lead to one of those three outcomes. [165] At the Cincinnati Open, she was defeated in the first round by Caroline Garcia. Othmane Garma, right, and Coach Kamau Murray, have helped Sloane Stephens regain her form after a number of injuries. [172] Seeded ninth at the first edition of the Phillip Island Trophy, she suffered a first round loss at the hands of Varvara Gracheva. Copyright 2023 Sporting News Holdings Limited. 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"Looking back on it now, I should have asked to. The foundation is run by Stephens, her mother, and her uncle Ronald Smith. On Thursday she elaborated on her coaching situation and told Tennis Now that she. She is now ranked 20th heading into Wimbledon, which begins . [168] Seeded eighth in Strasbourg, she was beaten in the first round by Nao Hibino. 4, Maria Sakkari. 5 Jeena Ostapenko in the final. Around this time last year, Kamau Murray was having the. Sloane Stephens had to think outside of the box when it came to staying competition-ready throughout the coronavirus pandemic . [251][252][253] She sometimes flattens out her shots, even on the run, and goes for stinging winners. She defeated three top-ten players at the event, including No. [6] Pro Football Hall of Famer Raymond Berry regarded him as the best athlete he had ever seen. [44] Early in the year, she played in her first Australian Open main draw and made it to the second round. Not many athletes get to live their dream. 2-ranked Simona Halep handles American Sloane Stephens at Citi Open", "Bouchard, Stephens fall in Citi Open finals, shift focus to Rogers Cup", "Wozniacki ends Stephens' Toronto run, roars into final", "Stephens pulls out three-set win over Cibulkova", "Stats Corner: American quartet soars into US Open quarterfinals", "U.S. Open: Madison Keys beats Kaia Kanepi to complete American sweep of women's semifinals", "No. She finished runner-up at the Canadian Open to Halep, her second high-level Premier final of the year. 13 Ana Ivanovic in the third round and went on to reach her first quarterfinal at a Premier Mandatory event. Varvara Gracheva ousted Sloane Stephens in their quarter-final match at the ATX Open on Friday. She has cited her grandfather as her hero and one of her biggest influences growing up. [149] She finished the season ranked No. [156] Stephens fell out of the top 10 shortly before the US Open, and again afterwards. [257] Stephens excels in point construction, and varies patterns of hitting in order to confuse opponents. [238][239] Nonetheless, Stephens has said the two of them still had a good relationship. [45][67][75], Stephens began 2014 at the Hopman Cup with John Isner. Her first upset of the tournament came in the second round over No. 9 Venus Williams. [247] Since then, Halep has won all six of their encounters. Sloane Stephens It's fair to say the 2017 US Open champion has endured a turbulent start to the season. He has won a total of 38 ITF titles, including 16 Singles and 22 Doubles. 151, Kristna Kuov. Stephens replaced him with Paul Annacone, who is better known for coaching two of the greatest players in tennis history in Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. [129] Stephens finished the season ranked No. She lost in the first round to qualifier Liudmila Samsonova in three sets. [134], Despite winning the second biggest title of her career, Stephens was unable to make the quarterfinals in any of her French Open preparation tournaments. [16] From then on, she split time living in both California and Florida. [145][146][147] After a dismal start in the semifinals where she lost the first eight games of the match against Karolna Plkov, she recovered and won the match in three sets. 2 Angelique Kerber, who needed to retire in the second set due to an illness. She achieved this ranking on the 16th of July, 2018. Stephens was the 2017 US Open champion, and has won seven WTA Tour singles titles in total. 8 seed. At the Auckland Open, Stephens won her first tournament with the two of them together. 3, Aryna Sabalenka. [152] Konta also defeated her at Wimbledon. 38. American professional tennis player Madison Keys, 24, is back at the US Open (she was defeated by Sloane Stephens at the finals in 2017), and on the heels of winning the Western & Southern Open.
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