Stephens aims for Top 10 finish in 2013

by: Matt Cronin September 01, 2013

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Sloane Stephens, who lost in the fourth round of the U.S. Open to world No. 1 Serena Williams, says her season is far from over and that she wants to crack the Top 10. Stephens is currently ranked No. 16 but is 10th in the points race to reach the eight-player field at the WTA Championships.

“I plan on playing four more tournaments,” she said. “I’m going to try and break the Top 10 at the end of this season. I think that’s a big jump from where I was last year kind of around 40 and kind of lingering. I think this year has been a pretty good year for me. I’m going to try to end it with a bang. If I don’t make that, then shame on me.”

Stephens also said she doesn’t mind being called the heir apparent to Serena.

“I embrace it. I think it’s tough because there’s a lot of us. I think just because I’m Top 20 now, I mean, next year there could be three other American girls in the Top 20. It just depends. Right now I’m carrying the little torch.”

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