Sloane Stephens: Tennis' Rising Star

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  • Sloane Stephens
  • Sloane Stephens
  • Sloane Stephens
  • Sloane Stephens
  • Sloane Stephens

Going Pro and Tragedy

Between 2008 and 2009, Stephens built up her chops by competing on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Women's Tennis Association circuit. Both years she competed in qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open, but was eliminated in early matches.  While she kept busy professionally, Stephens was forced to deal with tragedy in September 2009 when her father, with whom she had an estranged relationship, died in a car accident. (Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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