01 Jan 1970
At No.97. Sloane Stephens was the youngest player in year‐end Top 100 in 2011; and after a phenomenal sophomore season, reached No.38 and was the only teenager in the year‐end Top 50 in 2012. At No.12 she was the youngest player in year‐end Top 20 in 2013 when she advanced to quarterfinals at Wimbledon (l. eventual champion Bartoli) and to the semifinals at Australian Open (d. S.Williams in QF, l. eventual champion Azarenka).
In 2015 Stephens won her first WTA singles title, it Washington, DC (d. Pavlyuchenkova in F). That was her 84th main draw event; at No.35, she had been highest‐ranked player yet to reach a WTA final.
Stephens ended 2016 ranked No.36 (her fifth consecutive Top 40 finish) clinching three WTA singles titles in Auckland (d. Goerges in F), Acapulco (d. Cibulkova in F) and Charleston (d. Vesnina in F).
In 2017, after an 11 months injury lay-off, Stephens registered first four wins of 2017 in Toronto to reach to reach the semifinal (as WC, l. Wozniacki); subsequently she jumped 783 spots on WTA rankings. Then, she backed up that result with another semifinal run at Cincinnati (as WC, l. Halep) and returned to Top 100 of
rankings as a result. At US Open, Stephens capped an historic summer comeback by upsetting Cibulkova, V.Williams and Keys to become the fifth unseeded woman (ranked No.83) in the Open Era to win a major. Then, she didn't win another singles match. She lost both her round robin clashes in Zhuhai and in the Fed Cup final, though the United States managed to beat 3-2 the Belarus.
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