Sloane Stephens Upsets Serena Williams At Australian Open But American Media Hype Might Hurt Her Career.
Yes, Sloane Stephens a nineteen year old American upset the tennis legend Serena Williams 3-6 7-5 6-4 in the Australian Open women’s quarterfinals. However, Serena was clearly injured she hurt her back in the middle of the second set and had back spasms. Stephens deserves credit for pulling off the upset although she almost let the match slip away when she had a 5-3 lead in the second set. Stephens did well to win, but the Americans have a tendency to hype up young talent. Does anyone remember Melanie Oudin from 2009? The USA media hyped Oudin, saying she’s the next Chris Evert yet the girl never was ranked in the top 30. By the way, Oudin lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Laura Robson a talented young British player. Jennifer Capriati was also hyped by the USA press back in the 1990s due to her early promise. However, when Capriati was unable to reach a grand slam final while in her teens she turned to drug use and shop lifting. Only, when Capriati left the WTA Tour and decided to make a comeback did she live up to her potential.
I am not knocking Sloane Stephens, I think the girl is clearly very talented. I am just concerned that the American media are going to put too much pressure on this young girl. Stephens has not won a WTA Tour event, she hasn’t even reached a WTA Tour final yet either. Stephens is good, and she deserves time to mature and live up to her talent.