Sloane Stephens’ win in New York was simply stunning almost 12 months ago following an injury hell 12 months or so to return and do what she did is like a fairytale and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her defend her title.
Consistency has been her big issue!
Her Grand Slam record reads;
USOpen 2017 – Winner
Aus2018 – R1
Roland Garros 2018 – Runner Up
USOpen 2018 – R1
Two R1 exits and two final appearances in her last four tournaments.
Not only is her consistency in majors an issues but on the tour as well.
Her performance against Andrea Petkovic in Washington was bizarre. The tennis she played for the first hour was exceptional and the level completely dropped out!
It was then followed up with a run to the Montreal final where once again she played out of this world tennis but Halep edged it when it mattered in rallies. The groundstrokes from Sloane were incredible and there were positive signs.
This is the problem, we don’t know what we will get!
I wouldn’t rule out her retaining her title.
Her best tennis is brutal as Halep found out during that final in Montreal but the Romanian prevailed. It depends on if she comes to New York with pressure or not.