Since emerging as a rising talent on tour a few years ago, Sloane Stephens has experienced her share ups and downs. However, it seems she might just be finding her game again at Roland Garros 2015. She’s been showing signs this spring of improved play. She thoroughly beat Madison Keys about a month or so ago in a statement match that showed Sloane was not quite ready to take a back seat to any other young up and coming Americans. Stephens has looked pretty good through three rounds in Paris, culminating in a decisive 6-4 6-1 dismissal of Tsvetana Pironkova. Her reward for such a rebirth in her game is a round of 16 showdown with Serena Williams. Serena, with the aid of a questionable call late in the second set, beat Victoria Azarenka, 3-6 6-4 6-2. Although Sloane defeated Serena a few years ago at the Australian Open, Williams was not 100% healthy if we’re being honest. Since then, it’s been all Serena. The hope for Sloane and her supporters will be that Williams has not been unbeatable her last two matches, dropping the first set in both contests. If Stephens can come out and jump on top of Serena early, maybe she can finish what Anna-Lena Friedsam and Victoria Azarenka could not.
ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE
1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 3-6 6-4 6-2 vs 27 Victoria Azarenka)
4 PETRA KVITOVA (won 6-3 6-2 vs Irina-Camelia Begu)
23 TIMEA BACSINSZKY (won 6-4 6-2 vs 16 Madison Keys)
SLOANE STEPHENS (won 6-4 6-1 vs Tsvetana Pironkova)