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Miami Open: Sloane Stephens discusses the key behind American girls’s singles success
March 24, 2021
Sloane Stephens is a former Miami Open champion who returns to Arduous Rock Stadium hoping to search out some type in entrance of her watching household and mates; The 28-year-old has dropped all the way down to world No 49 having peaking at No 3 in 2018
By Raz Mirza
Final Up to date: 24/03/21 9:32pm
Sloane Stephens shouldn’t be certain if there is a “secret sauce” however she is hoping to reignite her recreation with a protracted manufacturing line of feminine American tennis gamers at the moment taking the sport by storm.
Former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin leads the manufacturing line with Jennifer Brady, Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Amanda Anisimova, Jessica Pegula, Coco Gauff, and Danielle Collins all vying for main titles.
After which there’s 39-year-old Serena Williams who continues to be looking for a record-equalling twenty fourth Grand Slam and exhibiting no indicators of retiring anytime quickly.
Stephens, who received the US Open in 2017 earlier than claiming the premier Miami Open crown a yr later, admittedly didn’t have the perfect of years in 2019, whereas final yr proved a non-event as with so a lot of her fellow professionals as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
“We have (USA) been robust for fairly a while now and I feel it is very nice, even via every part that has been occurring with the pandemic, that we have been in a position to preserve and we have had some actually good women escape within the final two or three years, which is superb,” Stephens instructed Sky Sports activities.
“We have now a robust Billie Jean Cup crew which can also be superb and it is nice to see the entire women which can be enjoying now all type of grew up enjoying junior tennis collectively so to see one another week in and week out is admittedly not that dangerous.
“Each participant is a little bit bit totally different, each participant has taken their very own path like Jennifer Brady, Madison Keys, and myself, we have all completed various things so I do not know if there is a secret sauce however the magic is within the participant I assume.”
Many younger up-and-coming stars are actually opting to take the school route Stateside, together with British gamers’ Cameron Norrie and Paul Jubb.
However the 28-year-old, who has devoted time to supporting native Miami kids via her personal Sloane Stephens Basis, is a agency believer within the saying, “every to their very own”.
“There are a number of gamers within the States who’ve gone to high school and had nice careers however I do not know if it is a manner ahead. For some individuals, completely, however it simply depends upon the particular person,” she mentioned.
Stephens, who’s engaged to her future husband, former Hull and Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore, spoke about spending lockdown collectively.
She additionally felt for the tennis group with many gamers unable to journey and earn a residing for lengthy intervals of 2020.
“It was positively tough, however tough for everybody and never simply me,” Stephens mentioned. “Clearly everybody was in the identical boat however I feel getting again to tennis now and attempting to normalise the schedule and the season has been good for everybody.
“The schedule we have had has been the identical schedule that we have had for years so I feel it is good that we’re type of getting again to that however issues are nonetheless very unpredictable with the pandemic nonetheless occurring however, like I mentioned, everybody’s in the identical boat so we’re all going via the identical factor.”
Miami is Stephens house event and it brings again joyful reminiscences for the American, who reached a career-high No 3 in 2018.
She is now again with coach Kamau Murray having labored collectively throughout probably the most profitable interval of her profession and a strong run on the event could be a superb fillip for the remainder of the season.
“Yeah, that is positively like a house event for me,” she mentioned. “I am super-close to house and all family and friends are right here so it is simply good to be shut by, however clearly possibly not that many house followers within the stands this yr however it’s good to have that assist regardless.
“We might like to have followers again, however within the most secure manner potential. Having followers makes an enormous distinction because it brings life to the sport and makes issues extra thrilling as a result of travelling with solely tennis gamers the temper is a little bit down with out the followers however it will likely be good to have them again.”
Stephens additionally spoke about extending the charitable efforts round her Sloane Stephens Basis (SSF) – a program that works with underserved youth within the higher Miami space.
Having grown up and found her love of tennis in South Florida, she based SSF to supply alternatives to underserved youth in Miami, and simply lately introduced a partnership with SAP, which is able to additional assist the inspiration by formalising a high-performance tennis program.
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