Defending US Open Champion Sloane Stephens kicks off her road to the US Open in Washington at the Citi Open and she is really upbeat about being back on her favourite surface. “Preparations for hard-courts have been good.
Excited to be back on hardcourts, it’s my favourite surface, and back in the United States,” Stephens said. “Defending any tournament is hard but especially a Grand Slam. I’ve never been in that situation before.
I know there will be a lot of nerves and excitement going into the US Open but I’m looking forward to it.” Before the US Open commences, Stephens will play a bunch of tournaments, starting with the Citi Open in Washington this week – a tournament she won in 2015.
“There are ups and downs each week. You have to work on every aspect of your game and make sure you are getting better. I won my first tournament here. That will always be cool for me. I love the courts here," the American said about the tournament.
Stephens is set to face off against fellow American Bethanie Mattek Sands in the Opening Round at the Citi Open and comes into this tournament following a disappointing Opening Round loss at Wimbledon. She is also presently ranked at a career best ranking of No.3 on the WTA Charts and would be aiming at keeping at least a Top-4 seeding intact at the last Major of the year.