Sloane Stephens, a 19-year old American is playing exceptional tennis at this year’s French Open. The young American has made it into the fourth round by defeating Mathilde Johansson 6-3, 6-2 on Friday.
The smiling Stephens said the win would help her get more followers on Twitter. She is the only teenager left in the event. This French Open has been her most successful and the most successful Grand Slam tournament of her career.
Sports are in her genes. John Stephens, her late father, was a member of the New England Patriots, while her mom Sybil Smith was the first All American women’s swimmer at Boston University. Many are counting on Stephens to be the next big American to appear on the tennis circuit.
Her mother was asked what were the greatest strengths her daughter had and she said her mental fortitude and happy go lucky attitude. Her mom said very little upsets her or gets her down. She is incredibly resilient said her mom.
Stephens has changed some things off the court that have seemed to help and has asked her mother and aunt to travel with her in Europe. Stephens’ next match will be a tough test as she meets Sam Stosur with a berth in the quarterfinals at stake. Stosur is no slouch, she was a runner up in the French Open in 2010 and is the current U.S. Open champion.
With her mom and aunt at her side and some new confidence from her recent form, she should give Stosur a tough battle on the clay at Roland Garros.