Will Sloane Stephens be able to step into ginormous show left by the Williams Sisters? Can she improve on an already dream tennis season? These questions will have to answered if we are to see American women’s tennis thrive.
Stephens had the best season of her young career in 2013, advancing to the semifinals at the Australian Open, the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the fourth round at both the French and US Open.
ESPN W. caught up with 20-year-old during New York Fashion Week, a week-long celebration and unveiling of fall fashions.
Here are some the highlights from her interview:
Stephens on the state of American women’s tennis:
I think it’s pretty good. I don’t know how many [American] girls are in the Top 100, but there are a lot. I think it’s going well. Obviously, compared to the men, who only have a few top players, I think we’re doing well. But girls develop faster than boys, so you can’t compare. But I think it’s great. There are a lot of us, and we’re all under the age of 23 or so.
On her “beef” with Serena:
I think we’ve all had our little tiffs, and I think this year has definitely been a learning experience. Because we’ve had so many different things happen. But, overall, it’s been a learning experience. I think it’s good that we’re all happy now. We all love each other. I think we should stay like that because it’s easier that way — easier to love each other than hate each other. So it’s good now.
What are Sloane’s off-court passions?:
Fashion. Food. And friends. Fashion first. I’m an online shopper, so that’s what I do in my free time. A lot of online shopping and I just like to see new styles and new people.