Sloane Stephens beat Venus Williams in a rousing US Open game on Thursday and is now set to play Madison Keys. Once again, it’s a game filled with Black girl magic, so we’re here for either of the ladies winning. But before they face off, we want to pause for the cause and note the times Sloane has killed it on and off the court.
From an early age her style has been to transition from offense to defense with ease. Tennis experts note that she has “easy power” and extreme speed and athleticism.
As noted in an ELLE interview, “Her mother was a swimming star at Boston University—the first black female swimmer in NCAA Division 1 history to be named a First-Team All-American—and her father, John Stephens, was a New England Patriots running back, a first-round draft pick in 1988.”
Before the age of 20, Sloane was an American Express global ambassador, a Listerine “Healthy Smiles” representative and an Under Armour spokesmodel— raking in millions.
Sloane is in a relationship with Toronto FC and USA soccer player, Jozy Altidore. Both being athletes, they cheer each other on during games.
While she’s beat Venus and Serena Williams in matches, the 24-year-old always notes that both of them were her inspiration to play as a child.