NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An American is moving on, but she had to beat another American to do it.
Sloane Stephens reached the fourth round at the US Open for the first time, and a matchup against defending champion Serena Williams could be next.
The 15th-seeded Stephens beat 23rd-seeded Jamie Hampton 6-1, 6-3 Friday in the first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium between two American women younger than 24 since the Williams sisters met in the 2002 final.
Stephens has reached at least the fourth round at all four Grand Slam tournaments this season, including a semifinal run at the Australian Open in January, when she upset Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. That’s one of only four losses for the top-ranked Williams in 2013.
Stephens lost in the third round at Flushing Meadows each of the last two years, beaten by 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic both times.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- Keidel: Would Warriors’ NBA Finals Win Hurt Durant’s Legacy?
- Jets’ Maccagnan: Don’t Read Too Much Into Interest In Draft’s Top QBs
- Porzingis Playing For Latvia This Summer, Hasn’t Spoken With Knicks Since Season Ended
- Vigneault On WFAN: Beating Carey Price In 3 Straight A Great Ego Boost For Rangers
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)