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Sloane Stephens Splits With Saviano - Bob Larson's Tennis News

Sloane Stephens Splits With Saviano


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Sloane Stephens Tennis News

The American Sloane Stephens has reached the second week at every Grand Slam event. But in the past two years, the 22 year old has struggled.

In 2015, she worked with the veteran coach Nick Saviano, who in 2014, brought in Genie Bouchard to new heights, reaching the Wimbledon final and cracked the top 8.

However, Saviano split with the controversial Bouchard, so he decided to help Stephens, who is very fast and powerful.

But in 2015, Stephens was so-so. Saviano tried to help her, but she was unable to reach the top 20 once again.

Now, according to Saviano, they won’t work with each other in 2016.

In 2013, Stephens was climbing, stunning the now No. 1 Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. She ended up losing a tough match against Vika Azarenka in the semis. She was very upset after Williams tweeted an aggressive comment, and Stephens fell apart for a couple of months, but she rebounded at the French Open, reaching the fourth round. At Wimbledon, she was on fire and reached the quarterfinals, but then the Frenchman Marion Bartoli schooled her. She upset Maria Sharapova early in the second round at Toronto, and at the US Open, she reached the second week, but this time Serena got her back.

Stephens didn’t play fantastic during the fall, but she ended the year ranked No. 12.

However in 2014, she was frequently nervous and at times, she looked lazy and unimpressive. Stephens had become hurt with a wrist injury during the early summer and she was unable to play since September. Stephens ended the year ranked No. 37.

In 2014, Stephens worked with the coach Paul Annacone for eight months, and then she briefly worked Thomas Hogstedt.

At the start of 2015, she said she was ready to crack the top-10. She was very happy that Saviano would coach her all the time.

“I can make it into the top 10,” she said.

But she was not consistent enough. She reached the fourth round at Indian Wells, losing to Serena in three sets. In Miami, she reached the quarterfinals of Miami, besting Madison Keys and Belinda Bencic, but then she went down against No. 2 Simona Halep. She reached the fourth round of the French Open, and Serena beat her again in three sets. At Wimbledon, she went down against Lucie Safarova in the third round. On the hard courts, she won a small tournament, Washington, but after that, she didn’t go deep for the rest of the year, ending the season ranked No. 30.

Stephens has yet to decide who her new coach will be.

The American is scheduled to play in Auckland, New Zealand next week.

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