American tennis star Sloane Stephens has recently been all over the news headlines after she lashed out at the media for allegedly commenting about her that she looks “flat” and “unhappy” on the court. The World No. 44 hit out at the line of questioning from the media about the extent of her victory celebrations after she defeated Daria Kasatkina in the Australian Open. Sloane Stephens played against Russian Daria Kasatkina to win the Round 2 match that was held in Melbourne Park on 18th January 2024.
Sloane’s emotional reaction after her victory was pretty much written all over her face, which seemed to pique the curiosity of reporters who had gathered for the post-match press conference. Once the reporters began bombarding her with questions, it was evident from her response that Sloane Stephens was very much annoyed by the line of questioning. She responded very sternly and fired back at the media without any delay, making it clear that she disapproved of how the press portrayed her.
Born in Match 1993 in Plantation, Florida, Sloane Stephens’ parents – John Stephens and Sybil Smith, were both accomplished sportspersons. Sloane began playing tennis at the Sierra Sport And Racquet Club when she was just 9 years old. It was there that the head of the club, tennis sensation Francisco Gonzalez, recognized Sloane’s talent for the sport and encouraged her to more rigorous training sessions. A few years later, Sloane started training at Evert Tennis Academy and switched to the Nick Saviano High-Performance Tennis Academy club when she turned 12 years old. Currently, she trains under Darian King, the Barbadian tennis star with a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 106.
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The Tennis Star Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens started playing tennis professionally at the age of 13, and in 2006 she took part in low-level tournaments and matches on the ITF Junior Circuit. She delivered her first breakthrough performance two years later in 2008, at the US Open – she reached her first-ever doubles final in a Grand Slam along with her doubles partner Mallory Burdette. She added the finishing touch to her year by appearing in a semifinal at Orange Bowl which is a high-level Grade A tournament.
Between the years 2007 and 2011, Sloane Stephens marked her debut in professional tennis with ITF Women’s Circuit events during the latter part of 2007. She received her very first WTA title in 2015 and emerged a winner in the US Open in 2017 by defeating Madison Keys, which earned her a Grand Slam singles title. She was successful in reaching the Roland Garros final match in 2017 and broke into the top 5 places of the WTA rankings; currently, she features at the 44th place in the WTA rankings.
Owing to her prowess and playing style, Sloane Stephens has often been considered as a potential successor to Serena Williams who is widely hailed as one of the greatest tennis players in the world. Her record against Serena Williams stands at 1-6 with the sole victory at the 2013 Australian Open, after which she shot to fame as a 19-year-old and garnered international attention.
When it comes to her style of playing, Sloane Stephens is an all-court player; her preferred surface to play is clay though most of her best matches have been on hard courts. She is also known to play behind the baseline, banking on her athletic prowess to defend the shots delivered by her opponent. She is known for her powerful counter shots which can easily change her style of playing from defensive to offensive. The way she casually injects amazing pace into her shots has earned her the fame of possessing “easy power”.
How Has She Gained Weight Lately?
In her recent appearances, the audience has noticed some change in the physical appearance of Sloan Stephens, which has caught them fascinated. Sloan has supposedly gained some weight that is clearly showing in her appearance, and her fans and followers could not contain their curiosity surrounding it.
However, many people on social media have disagreed with those who think she has gained a few pounds. They say that it is difficult to say with certainty whether Sloan has gained some weight; besides, the tennis star has not commented anything about it yet.
She is a world-class athlete, so she has to maintain a certain balance in her agility, strength, and body weight. Sloane is 5’7″ tall and weighs approximately 64 kg – she has to work out regularly and maintain a well-balanced nourishing diet for her fitness.
There is no information or evidence anywhere on the Internet to suggest that Sloane Stephens has gained weight – and there is no reaction available from the tennis star herself. So these are nothing but rumors spread by the public and are purely unsubstantiated statements.
Is She Pregnant Or Delivered A Baby Recently?
As soon as the public felt that Sloan Stephens had seemingly gained a few more pounds, they started spreading rumors about the possibility of her being pregnant. Yes, with people spreading rumors about her weight gain, now they have started believing or suspecting that she must be expecting a baby which is why she has gained weight.
Their suspicions grew stronger in their minds after Sloan Stephens suffered defeat shockingly in the third round by her opponent Anna Kalinskaya in the Australian Open 2024. Her uninspiring and under-par performance at the tournament this year has again triggered speculations about her pregnancy. It is worthwhile to mention here that last year also, some rumors were doing the rounds that claimed that Sloane Stephens was expecting a baby. However, the American tennis ace had directly slammed those who spread these rumors saying their allegations were false.
So, to answer any questions about her pregnancy, we can say that – no Sloan Stephens is not pregnant as of now. Her resolute statement that she issued on social media had put to rest all buzz and rumors – but this year it has surfaced again.
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