Sloane Stephens is high on Alycia Parks' potential as she says her prediction about the 21-year-old is turning correct. This month, Parks captured back-to-back WTA 125 titles in Andorra and Angers. Now, Parks is enjoying a career-high ranking of No 75 in the world.
Thoughts on Alycia Parks winning back-to-back titles?" one fan asked Stephens. "She's the bomb. I told you guys a few weeks ago that Alycia Parks and Katie Volynets were my next two Americans to break through. It's happening right before our eyes," Stephens said.
Stephens praises Parks' potential
Parks has been making progress throughout the 2022 season. Now, she is enjoying a career-high ranking of No 75 in the world and is full of confidence ahead of the 2023 season. In one of her recent interviews, Parks revealed she could relate to King Richard.
Parks, who grew up watching and idolizing Serena and Venus Williams, felt some scenes were pretty relatable. "When I watched King Richard, there were a lot of scenes [that felt familiar]. We kind of did it that way too. It was so weird because it was so similar.
It felt good at the US Open that I got to hit with both of them. Serena especially, because I look up to Serena. She's the GOAT of tennis. What can you do besides look up to her? She's literally tennis," Parks said. In early October, Parks clinched the biggest victories of her career in the same week.
After making it past the Ostrava qualifying event, Parks stunned former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova. Parks backed up the win over Pliskova by beating world No 6 Maria Sakkari in the round-of-16. After stunning Pliskova and Sakkari, Parks also competed well against Barbora Krejcikova but ultimately fell short to the 2021 French Open champion. It remains to be seen if Parks can continue her rise in 2023.