Why is anyone surprised? It's the nature of the sports media to hype the "Next Big Thing." It's the nature of sports media to tie a sappy human interest story to the straight-forward story of wins and losses.
I think we all know that the media's overnight obsession with Sloane means nothing. It doesn't make her destined for greatness.
If Sloane does go on to be a champion - great. If not, if it ends like Oudin or something else entirely, we'll roll our eyes and wait for the "Next Next Big Thing" to be touted by the media.
All these people on TT are making these dire warnings not to get to excited about Stephens, as if they're on to something that the rest of us aren't. I think we all get it. She has potential, but there's no guarantee she'll be a champion.