Before Sloane Stephens walked the runway at New York Fashion Week, she sat down with espnW and told us about which Grand Slam she thinks she'll win first, her time off the court and her feud with Serena Williams.
One advanced. The other fell. But young American bright spots Alison Riske and Christina McHale both proved their ability in their third-round matches Saturday and provided hope for the future of U.S. women's tennis.
Sloane Stephens reached the third round in the 2011 and 2012 US Open, the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2012, the Australian Open semifinals in January, the fourth round at the French Open and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last month.
Top-seeded Americans Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens and Jamie Hampton all advanced to the third round of the US Open. Unfortunately, only one has the possibility to advance to the quarterfinals due to the draw.
Sloane Stephens, the final American, is out, and the women's semifinals are set. In an already-wacky Wimbledon, the semis not surprisingly are comprised of three players nobody would have expected and one many may have never heard of.