Even at a young age, rising American Sloane Stephens seems to have her priorities in order. After earning her biggest career win earlier today beating Mathilde Johansson 63, 62 to advance to the fourth round at the French Open, an elated Stephens talked about what being in the spotlight might mean.
“I’m excited because now I’m going to have more Twitter followers< ” she joked. “That’s good. I’m excited. I mean, it’s always good to be noticed and recognized, you know, for sport. I think being up there with Venus and Serena, I mean, that’s awesome. You know, I’m excited. I’m happy that I’m improving and getting better and that I can be there.”
You can follow Sloane at sloanetweets on twitter. She presently has 5,877 followers.
The 19-year-old Stephens who hails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, now plays former French Open finalist Sam Stosur on Sunday.
The win also moves the 70th ranked Stephens into the 4th spot among American women, earning her a temporary berth on the US Olympic team. Varvara Lepchenko, who is still in the tournament, and Vania King, who might be playing a challenger event next week, could still move ahead of her in qualifications.
Stephens’s father, John Stephens, was a running back for the New England Patriots who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2009.
“Definitely family has helped me through a lot,” she said. “I have had a really good support system. My mom and my aunt and my uncles, my grandparents, everyone has been always been there for me and my brother.”
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