Sloane Stephens Continues Her Magical Run in Paris

By Chico C. Norwood

Nineteen year old Sloane Stephens continued her phenomenal run at the French Open on Friday with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win over France’s Mathilde Johansson. It was Stephen’s first ever appearance on Court Philippe Chatrier, the main show court, and she looked quite at home.  Stephens controlled the match from beginning to end showing a lot of variety in her game as well as maturity.

“It was amazing to play out there. I played a French girl so it was a little tough because of the crowd but it was fun.  I had a good time and I’m excited to be in the second week,” she said.

Stephens was focused in her play showing, a lot of control and consistency in her shots, a very important factor when playing on clay.

“I’ve worked on it a lot recently and I think that has helped me a lot to stay calm on the court and not get too frustrated. On clay you have to be so patient and you can’t get crazy because then it’s all going downhill,” she said.

Although not brought up on clay, Stephens finds playing on the red ground up bricks “fun .”

“You’re moving, you’re doing all kinds of stuff.  I don’t know why I like it but it’s just fun for me,” Stephens said in her post game interview with Chris Evert.

Stephens is now in the round of sixteen and the second week of play. Her next opponent is the reigning U.S. Open Champion Samantha Stosur on Sunday.

Currently ranked 70 in the world, Stephen’s performance has so far garnered her 280 ranking points and next week she will move into the number 50 spot making her America’s number 3 behind Serena Williams and Christina McHale.  It also improves her chances of playing in the 2012 Olympics.

Don’t forget Sloane is still trying to get 50,000 followers on her twitter account, so show the sister some love and follow her on twitter You can also find out more about this extraordinary young lady at her website.

About cnorwood

Ms. Norwood is the former managing and sports editor for the Hub City News in Los Angeles, California. She is a former staff writer and assistant sports editor of the Los Angeles Sentinel, the Los Angeles Watts Times and Rapid Publishing, publishers of the Lynwood Journal, Compton Bulletin and the Californian. An award-winning journalist she is the recipient of a National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Best News Story Award, NNPA Best Sports Story Award, an American Media Health Fellowship, Outstanding Young Woman of America and several other awards of merit. Her articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Ebony Magazine and other local and national publications.

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