If you don’t follow tennis, you might have missed all the talk about young up-and-coming 19 year-old, Sloane Stephens from the United States. She is currently the youngest top 40 player on the WTA tour, and turning heads down under at the Australian Open, as she is set to play her mentor, Serena Williams Jan. 22 in the quarterfinals.
Serena recently had some great things to say about Sloane, according to Sports Illustrated. She pictures her becoming the future of U.S. women’s tennis.
“Like I said after the match [in Brisbane], she can be the greatest player,” Williams said after her fourth-round victory at the Australian Open. “It will be another good match and a good opportunity for both of us. Definitely one of us will be in the semifinals, which I think is awesome. So it’s going to be good.”
After her win in the fourth round against Bojana Jovanovski, she is set to crack the top 20 for the first time in her career.
In other news, the Williams sisters have lost in doubles at the Australian Open, which leaves only Serena left on the singles side. We’ll see who wins tonight between Serena and Sloane, but our money is on Serena based off experience. But, we look forward to great things from the young Sloane.