Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens Forge Friendship by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Serena Williams Has Become a Mentor to Sloane Stephens On and Off the Court.  Photo by Marc Rasbury

Serena Williams Has Become a Mentor to Sloane Stephens On and Off the Court. Photo by Marc Rasbury

Sloane Stephens Flashes Her Winning Smile.  Photo by Margot L. Jordan

Sloane Stephens Flashes Her Winning Smile. Photo by Margot L. Jordan

Sloane Stephens Dominates on the Court.  Photo by Margot L. Jordan

Sloane Stephens Dominates on the Court. Photo by Margot L. Jordan

Serena Williams, one of the greatest female tennis players of all time, who is 30-years old, and Sloane Stephens, a 19-year old emerging star who has been compared to Serena on the court, have forged a friendship recently that is somewhat of a mentor/mentee relationship.

But you would be surprised at who plays what role. “I think she’s more my mentor than anything,” Williams said in an interview after her win over Coco Vandeweghe in the first round of the 2012 US Open. Serena had some more compliments of Stephens on and off the court. “I think she’s an amazing player. She’s playing so smooth. She looks like she gives no effort when she plays.”

Serena continued to talk about Sloane’s on-court performance, adding “I hope I can teach her some things, and hopefully she’s able to do it. I think that we can kind of feed off each other. She can teach me some things, maybe how to be calm on the court.”

Off the court, Serena had even more praise. “I think she’s a great person. She’s always encouraging me not to be single,” Serena said with a smile. Williams was later asked if she thinks Sloane has the potential to be the next superstar on and off the tennis court. “I think she has a great smile, a beautiful face. I think she has such a wonderful personality and attitude. So yeah, I think it’s totally possible.”

Earlier in the day, after her upset win over Francesca Schiavone, Stephens was asked some questions about Serena as well. “We’re really good friends. We just have a really good relationship. I felt like I knew her in a past life or something, I don’t know. It’s so strange” Sloane said.

One thing that makes Serena Williams so great is her confidence. When asked if she believes in her heart if she is the best player in the game, she responded “Of course I believe that. I think there are a number of players on this tour, a few players who believe that. I don’t think we would be playing if we didn’t believe that.”

Perhaps some of Serena’s confidence has rubbed off on Sloane. When asked if Sloane Stephens will be to be the next superstar in tennis, she simply, and confidently, replied “She is.” With a winning smile, a great personality and confidence to match, many are hoping that Sloane Stephens is the next superstar in the tennis world, and with a mentor like Serena Williams, she is well on her way.

For more on Sloane Stephens, check out “At 19, Sloane Stephens Is Ready to Make Her Mark on the Tennis World” by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

http://razzandjazzsports.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/at-19-sloane-stephens-is-ready-to-make-her-mark-on-the-tennis-world/

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The Razz and Jazz Sports Blog was created by Marc "Razz" Rasbury and Derrel "Jazz" Johnson to create fresh opinions on New York Sports and beyond from two credentialed members of the media.
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3 Responses to Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens Forge Friendship by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

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  2. Tiffany Patton says:

    I remember Sloane’s Dad constantly talking about how well she played tennis years ago…I never had the pleasure of meeting Sloane personally but she had a #1 fan from the beginning and I’m sure her dad is still watching her…She has become a remarkable tennis player and young lady I hope to read more articles about her in the future…With that million dollar smile and charisma I look for Sloane to become the next GREAT TENNIS SUPERSTAR…To Sloane KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK LADY someone is watching you…

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