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With so many American players either plagued by injury or suffering early exits, Sloane Stephens is looking like the next American star on the women's side. Stephens has enjoyed her run till now but her true test comes next in the Quarterfinals against Serena Williams.
Her and Serena share very similar playing styles. They both have a great serve and a powerful forehand. Though Serena has the upper hand on the backhand and on the returns.
But what both players utilize is their serve. Both Serena and Sloane start the point on the immediate offensive with the serve and work the point from there.
If Serena has on off day with her serve, Stephens has too much firepower to let a bad day slide. Stephens needs to look for a weakness early on and it's imperative that she breaks that weakness down as much as possible.
Often times Serena has lost easy matches because her mentality crumbles because of an "off day." Stephens should look to capitalize if such an opportunity comes up in their matchup.