Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sloane to 'Ride the Wave' after Making US Open Splash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sloane to 'Ride the Wave' after Making US Open Splash

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Byline: Paul Newman

SLOANE STEPHENS is the new US Open champion but feels like her comeback has only just begun. Just six weeks ago the 24-year-old American was ranked No957 in the world after returning to competition at Wimbledon following a 10-month break for foot surgery.

"If anything I'm still working my way back," the new world No17 said in the wake of winning her first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Madison Keys. "My ranking is a little higher but five weeks ago I was ranked No900 and something and wasn't a threat. I'm just going to ride that wave for as long as I can."

Stephens is not even sure what tournament she is going to play next. Until now her planning had been based around taking advantage of her "protected" world ranking -- which is used to help players returning from long-term injuries -- to enter tournaments. "I was horrified I wasn't going to be able to get into a lot of tournaments," Stephens said.

"Now my ranking is higher than my protected ranking, so that changes things. …

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