Showing posts with label Sloane Stephens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sloane Stephens. Show all posts

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sabalenka edges Stephens to level Fed Cup final

Sabalenka edges Stephens to level Fed Cup final

Sloane Stephens' miserable run continued as she lost a tough three-setter to Belarus teenager Aryna Sabalenka on Saturday in Minsk to leave the Fed Cup final level at 1-1.

Earlier, CoCo Vandeweghe beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets to put the United States into the lead.

Stephens has lost every match since winning the US Open title in September. In her first Fed Cup appearance of the year, she lost to Sabalenka 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 after one hour 49 minutes on court.

The 19-year-old Sabalenka, ranked 78th in the world, had never faced Stephens, the world number 13.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fed Cup final: Vandeweghe, Stephens open play vs Belarus

Fed Cup final: Vandeweghe, Stephens open play vs Belarus

CoCo Vandeweghe will play in the opening match of the Fed Cup final on Saturday when the United States takes on Belarus, with the Americans looking to break a 17-year championship drought.

Vandeweghe was drawn to face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first singles match. U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will then play Aryna Sabalenka.

Kathy Rinaldi, in her first season as the U.S. captain, is trying to become the first since Billie Jean King to lead a winning Fed Cup squad.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Video: Sloane Stephens Makes Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Sloane Stephens Makes Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live'

U.S. Open tennis champion Sloane Stephens appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and described what it was like winning her first major.

Stephens defeated good friend Madison Keys 6–3, 6–0 to cap off an injury plagued year, which at one point saw her ranked 957th in the world.

The 24-year-old is currently No. 17 in the WTA rankings.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sloane Stephens US Open Interview - Day 1 Monday August 28th 2017

Sloane Stephens US Open Interview - Day 1 Monday August 28th 2017

S. STEPHENS/R. Vinci 7-5, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Are you planning to send up any gifts to Denis?

SLOANE STEPHENS: If I see him at a restaurant, I'll totally send him some stuff.
Q. Take me through the match.

SLOANE STEPHENS: Yeah, it feels great obviously, playing a Grand Slam is totally different, especially your home slam. A little bit tough in the first set. But I was pleased to get through.
Then obviously super lucky let cord at the end of the first set. I started playing better in the second, so I was really happy with that.
Q. Playing against someone with so much experience, did it take you a set to figure out her game?

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Halep reaches Cincinnati final, plays Muguruza

Halep reaches Cincinnati final, plays Muguruza

Simona Halep will have her third chance of the season to claim the world number one spot after beating Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters finals.

The 25-year-old Romanian will try to become only the 24th different woman atop the rankings by winning Sunday's final against Wimbledon winner Garbine Muguruza, who ousted top-ranked Czech defending champion Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 in the other semi-final.
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"I just want to go tomorrow and play my game. If it's going to happen, great, but if not I will have more opportunities. Hopefully I can do it. I have the desire."

Halep, who hasn't dropped a set all week, has already lost twice this year playing for the top ranking, falling in the French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko and the Wimbledon quarterfinal against Johanna Konta, each time after taking the first set.

"Maybe tomorrow is my turn," Halep said.

"I have to give my best and fight and if I win it's going to be really special. It's a great opportunity. But for sure it's going to be a tough match against a Grand Slam champion.

"It's a big challenge. It's a big match."

Serena Williams had been number one before her pregnancy break earlier this year. Germany's Angelique Kerber and Pliskova have held the spot since.

Sixth-ranked Spaniard Muguruza seeks her fifth career title at the last major US Open tuneup, flipping the script on Pliskova in a rematch of their 2016 semi to reach her first final in any US event.

"I'm just happy to be in the final," said Muguruza. "I was hoping to get it and my concentration was really good. Very happy with this win."

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Wozniacki ends Stephens' run to reach Toronto final

Wozniacki ends Stephens' run to reach Toronto final

Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the WTA Toronto final on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over a resurgent American Sloane Stephens.

Wozniacki, the 2010 champion, needed 80 minutes to eliminate Stephens and reach her sixth final of 2017.

Stephens, who is ranked 934 in the world, was playing in just her third tournament after missing 11 months while recovering from foot surgery. She beat Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber and Lucie Safarova to reach the semi-finals.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Photos: WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

Photos: WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

Tennis players like Jelena Jankovic, Vika Azarenka, Laura Robson, Bethanie Mattek-sand, Sloane Stephens, Domi Cibulkova and many others attended the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens... Check out some photos from the event...

Monday, July 4, 2016

Video: Wimbledon Highlights, Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Sloane Stephens

Video: Wimbledon Highlights, Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Sloane Stephens

Watch Highlights from Svetlana Kuznetsova's third round victory over Sloane Stephens.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Video: Sloane Stephens delighted after seeing off Shuai Peng to reach second round

Video: Sloane Stephens delighted after seeing off Shuai Peng to reach second round

Monday, April 11, 2016

Stephens wins Volvo Car Open

Stephens wins Volvo Car Open

Sloane Stephens invited a friend to come watch her play at the Volvo Car Open.

"And I was like, 'Well, I've never won a match there, so the earlier in the week you could come, the better'," Stephens said, laughing.

Turns out, the rising 23-year-old American had a nice long stay, winning her third WTA title of the season with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Elena Vesnina in the finals Sunday.

Stephens had actually won one match in her previous five main-draw appearances on Charleston's green clay. In this visit, the seventh-seeded Stephens from Planation, Florida, dropped only one set on the way to her first clay-court crown.

Stephens said she changed her fortunes here when she changed her attitude, going from anxious about past losses to carefree about her chances.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Injury, illness hit top 6 WTA players before Australian Open

Injury, illness hit top 6 WTA players before Australian Open

It's been an injury and illness-filled start to 2016 for the top six women in tennis, and just a week from the start of the Australian Open.

Defending Sydney International champion Petra Kvitova pulled out of the Sydney tournament on Sunday, the second week in a row she's had to quit due to a stomach virus. She was joined a few hours later by Agnieszka Radwanska who has a left leg injury.

Last week, the world's four top-ranked women retired or withdrew from tournaments due to injuries on the left side of their bodies: No. 1 Serena Williams (Hopman Cup/knee), second-ranked Halep (Brisbane/ankle), No. 3 Garbine Muguruza (Brisbane/foot) and fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova (Brisbane/forearm).

Now No. 5 Radwanska and No. 6 Kvitova are on the ever-growing injury list.

Kvitova retired during the first round of the Shenzhen Open in China last week. She was scheduled to play her first match in Sydney against Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Monday.

Stephens wins Auckland 2016 title

Stephens wins Auckland 2016 title

Sloane Stephens ground down unseeded German Julia Goerges 7-5 6-2 to win the Auckland Classic, the American ending a busy day at the office with a confidence-boosting triumph ahead of the Australian Open.

The world number 30 secured her second WTA title, having made her long-awaited breakthrough at Washington in August.

Although she overpowered the German in a dominant second set, Stephens was made to work hard for the title, needing to first wrap up her rain-interrupted semi-final with former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 7-6(3) earlier on Saturday.

Their semi-final was suspended the previous evening with fifth seed Stephens leading 5-2 in the first set.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Azarenka vs Li Na at Australian Open final


Azarenka vs Li Na at Australian Open final

Victoria Azarenka beat Sloane Stephens 61 64 to advance to the Australian Open 2013 final where she will face Li Na, a 62 62 winner over No. 2-ranked Maria Sharapova.

Azarenka finished her win over Stephens after a medical timeout for rib and knee injuries. The No. 1-ranked player had wasted five match points in the game immediately before leaving the court for medical attention, then returned to break Stephens' serve to end the match.

"Well, I almost did the choke of the year," Azarenka said. "At 5-3, having so many chances I couldn't close it out."

Australian Open officials said the tournament doctor reported that Azarenka had left knee and rib injuries.

"I just felt a little bit overwhelmed. I realized I'm one step away from the final and nerves got into me for sure," Azarenka said.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Stephens beats Johansson in Paris, reaches 4th round

Stephens beats Johansson in Paris, reaches 4th round

Sloane Stephens defeated local hope, Mathilde Johansson, 6-3, 6-2 at the French Open third round.

This was the first time Stepehns reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam tournament in four appearances, ensuring she will continue her rise up the world rankings.

She broke her opponent in the third game of the opening set and then lead 5-2 before Johansson broke her to close the gap.

But the American broke again in the following game to take the set and, after a closely-fought start to the second set, she moved 3-1 up with a break in the fourth game and never looked back.

Next up for Stephens will be the winner of the match between Samantha Stosur and Nadia Petrova.