During the US Open there was talk that Sloane Stephens was the next Serena Williams or next great American champ. Wednesday or last night for those in the States at the Australian Open, Stephens pulled off a remarkable upset by beating Serena 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Her talent shown brightly as the 29th seeded player earned a place in her first Grand Slam semi-finals against the #1 seed, Victoria Azarenka who beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-1.
Stephens has reached the third round of the U. S. Open before but this was her first quarterfinal appearance. Although, anxious at times, Stephens showed her quickness, mental toughness, and a better game plan than when she first played and lost to Williams (3-6, 4-6) a few weeks ago in Brisbane. Stephens attacked more, winning 18 of her 20 approaches or volleys in the 2 hour and 13 minute match.
On the other side of the net, Williams injured her back in the second set, smashed her racket, and recorded her worse statistical outing in unforced errors with 48 as compared to Stephens 39. In the Aussie press room, Williams stated that "This was my worst ever two weeks."
Let's root for the American teen in her first ever Grand Slam semi-final match, and let the upsets continue. If Stephens gets by Azarenka, her future opponents coming from the other side of the draw, would be the winner of Li Na (#6 seed) who beat Agnieska Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 and her next opponent Maria Sharapova (#2 seed) who beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2.
Let's hope that Stephens has some of the same success as Serena Williams who got to the third round in her first US Open, and in her second, she won it in 1999. Hopefully Stephens has a similar career ahead of her and can achieve Serena's greatness of 47 singles titles, 22 doubles titles.