Posted June 01, 2012 on AP on Fox
Well, that's settled: 19-year-old Sloane Stephens is bumping herself up to first class for the flight home from the French Open, whenever that might be. That extra-comfy trip back to Florida is among the benefits the American is looking forward to after reaching the fourth round at Roland Garros by beating Mathilde Johansson of France 6-3, 6-2 Friday. Another perk? ''Now I'm going to have more Twitter followers,'' explained the bubbly Stephens, the only teenager left at the fourth, and most successful, Grand Slam tournament of her nascent career. ''That's good. I'm excited. I mean, it's always good to be noticed and recognized.'' She'd better get used to both. With her ever-improving game, athletic parents - her late father, John Stephens, played in the NFL; her mother, Sybil Smith, was Boston University's first All-American in women's swimming - and infectious personality, Stephens might just be the next big thing...
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