She may only be 20 years old but some are looking at Sloane Stephens to be the next big thing in women’s tennis and today, she proved why as she persevered to defeat Germany’s Mona Bathel 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in her second-round match at the Rogers Cup.
A resident of Coral Springs, Florida, Stephens is expected to make some noise in the Big Apple at next month’s US Open. For now, the American phenom is playing as the No. 14 in Toronto and has no intention of taking the Rogers Cup for granted.
Already having eliminated France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the opening round of the tournament, Stephens wanted to continue her pursuit this week. While Barthel proved to be a worthy competitor, the 20-year-old elevated her promising talent level by showcasing her resilience en route to her victrory over the German.
Expected to be the heir apparent to Serena Williams, the American certainly isn’t showing that she’s cracking under the pressure. In fact, her stoicism on the court is keeping her opponents at bay, which includes Barthel this afternoon.
While there are a few refreshing Canadian storylines at this tournament, no one in Toronto is ignoring the impact this young phenom is already having on the tennis world.
Next up is the No. 3 seed at the Rogers Cup, Poland’s Agnieska Radwanska who should give the young Sloane Stephens a run for her money.
We'll see if the young American has what it takes to keep going in Toronto.