Tennis Panorama News took part in a media conference call with up and coming American player Sloane Stephens for the new WTA International level tournament this summer in College Park, Maryland â€“ the Citi Open.
Currently ranked at a career high 125th in the world, Stephens spoke to media about her game, her goals and twitter.
Q: You are in the 120â€™s now so you almost close to getting into Slams. What are your goals for the rest of the year?
SS: I definitely want to break top 100. Obviously thatâ€™s what everyone wants to do. But Iâ€™m just trying to keep improving and keep working on my game.
Q: Is there a specific part of your game youâ€™d like to strengthen or improve?
SS: Iâ€™d like to strengthen my serve as Iâ€™ve always been bothered by it. Iâ€™m constantly working on it and that will be my biggest battle but itâ€™s gotten better over the summer so Iâ€™m growing to love it now.
Q: Is life on the tour what you expected?
SS: Well I have homework and spend a lot of time with my coach after matches but I havenâ€™t been able to do a lot of the things the older players get to do. I have been to several player parties and those have been fun but yeah, so far itâ€™s been what Iâ€™ve expected.
Q: Your Twitter account is a must follow. Do you dig up the quotes yourself or do you get them from quotebooks and what is your philosophy on tweeting?
SS: I love Twitter. I post everything myself but my uncle been emailing me since I was 10 years old and on the bottom of his emails they have these quotes and Iâ€™ve always found them really cool. So Iâ€™ve kept all my uncleâ€™s emails and I go back re-read the quotes on there and think â€œThatâ€™s a good oneâ€ so Iâ€™ll post that one or whatever. Initially it was just being funny and to just throw stuff out there, but then people responded to me saying I love your tweets and can relate to what you say so I started tweeting more and Iâ€™m glad people enjoy it.
Q: A lot of your tweets are spiritual. How does your spiritual life help you as a player?
SS: I grew up going to Catholic school so I was always going to mass and when I was younger my mom and I if we were out of town would always find a church and it definitely played a big a role especially the last couple years of my life since I was having such a tough time and I was like why are all these bad things happening to me. But I later realized itâ€™s life, things happen and you have to go on. Now Iâ€™m a lot more positive about things because when I was younger I would take things really really seriously and now Iâ€™m a total goofball. Now Iâ€™m like what happens happens and Iâ€™m totally fine with that since life is way too short to be stressing over too many little things.
Q: What was it like winning your first title and how will that experience help you this summer?
SS: It was awesome. I got a Rolex watch when I won so I was excited about that. My mom came to hang out with me that week and I was just playing and playing and not expecting anything so when I won I was like â€œYeah, this is cool.â€ I was real happy with that and I then I did well in the French Open qualies and got on a roll so I was starting to catch up to (Novak) Djokovic there for a bit. Iâ€™m definitely glad I got to experience that because it was crazy and intense but every experience is good and I very happy with it.
The Citi Open will take place July 23- 31st in College Park, Maryland. For more information about the tournament, please visit http://www.citiopentennis.com
Follow Sloane Stephens’ twitter account – @Sloanetweets.
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