Originally Posted by pc1
I haven't seen that much of Sloane Stephens in match play. I saw her hitting with Murphy Jensen at the US Open 2012 and I did like her strokes but that was just casual hitting. Jensen was in ball return mode and Sloane couldn't do much to hurt him even when she belted the ball. She seems like a great kid.
What do all of you think of her potential?
She is very fast with good serve. Very steady baseline game, a very good defender and absorbs power effectively. She is not afraid of attacking the net and quite competent at it actually. She has a promising future I think.
However, Serena was IMO injured in that match with back and ankle problems. Her serve was basically non-existent. This is the Serena whom second serves were on average faster than Murray's second serves during wimbledon last year.
Trivia: Serena clocked two serves at 207 km/h during AO2013.