Has Sloane Stephens taken American tennis' baton from Serena Williams?
Sloane Stephens is ready to fly further after her recent successes on the Tour. Perhaps, if she manages a bit of continuity in her performances, she could take over the baton of American tennis from Serena Williams.
In a way, she has already done so. She has all the necessary skills to become the world no. 1 and a bigger idol for the American tennis fans.
Her defeat in Paris, against Halep, was hard but not unexpected despite her having played great tennis in the first set.
But had Simona Halep not played with the level of mental strength as she did, Stephens would have probably won her second Major.
Even then, it has been a great story. A year-and-a-half ago she was barely ranked inside the top-1000 after being injured.
Now, she is a Major champion (2017 US Open) and the top-ranked American woman with a career high of no. 4 in the WTA singles ranking.
If she carries this form at Wimbledon, we are sure she will be one of the protagonists. Her powerful tennis, her touch and her sensitivity, her physical and mental strength and her solidity make her very suitable for this surface.
Until the French Open, Stephens had not lost a single final she had played winning six out of six titles. Before the French Open, this season she won her first Premier Mandatory, in Miami.
And for the first time, she entered in the top-10 where she looks like she will stay.
Has the United States of America found Serena's worthy heir, at last?