Sloane Stephens (born March 20, 1993) is an American tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 30 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).
Following a successful 2012 season in which she first reached the second week of a Grand Slam, Stephens rose to prominence upon reaching the semifinals of the 2013 Australian Open, notably defeating Serena Williams en route. Since then, she has reached a career-high singles ranking of 11 in the world and would claim her first WTA title at the 2015 Citi Open.
Stephens was born in Plantation, Florida to Sybil Smith (who, in 1988 as a swimmer at Boston University, became the first African-American female to be named First Team All-American in Division I history) and John Stephens, a professional American football player. John Stephens was killed in a car accident on September 1, 2009, just before the start of the US Open. Stephens attended her father's funeral in Louisiana, but remained entered in the US Open. Stephens' younger brother, Shawn Farrell, plays baseball and football at Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles...
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