Sloane Stephens practises on Simonne-Mathieu Court at Roland Garros. ‘At her best, there are times when it seems Stephens is playing a different sport to her peers.’ Photograph: Pete Kiehart/The New York Times

Sloane Stephens grew up surrounded by dead bodies. Her extended family owns a funeral home, so her formative years were spent in freezers filled with (...)

Sloane Stephens during her match against Anastasija Sevastova at the US Open. Photograph: PA

Defending champion Sloane Stephens became the latest big name to fall at the US Open on Tuesday. In stiflingly hot conditions, the American went down(...)

Serena Williams during a press conference ahead of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph:   Jed Leicester/AELTC/PA Wire

Serena Williams feels she is unfairly singled out by anti-doping chiefs after figures released this week showed she is drug tested far more than any o(...)

Sloane Stephens returns the ball to Daria Kasatkina during their women’s singles quarter-final match on day ten of the Roland Garros 2018 French Open. Photo: Christophe Simon/Getty Images

Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys ensured there will be an American in this year’s French Open final. The two great friends, who met in the US Open fi(...)

Russia’s Darya Kasatkina returns the ball to Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki during their women’s singles fourth round match on day eight of the Roland Garros 2018 French Open. Photo: Eric Feferberg/Getty Images

American duo Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys reached the French Open quarter-finals for the first time. But second seed Caroline Wozniacki is in dan(...)

 US Open champion Sloane Stephens pictured en route to her victory in the women’s singles in New York last September. Photograph: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images.

Amazon Prime Video has taken the exclusive rights to the US Open tennis tournament in the UK and Ireland from Eurosport, starting this autumn, in a de(...)

Maria Sharapova celebrates beating Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova on Thursday. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP

Day by day, the rankings on the women’s tour are being shredded to the point of irrelevance – and when Jo Konta joined Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams(...)

Venus Williams congratulates Sloane Stephens after their US Open semi-final clash. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens will meet in the first all-American women’s final at the US Open in a decade and a half after winning their semi-fina(...)

CoCo Vandeweghe is into the US Open semi-finals. Photograph: Uli Seit/NYT

Garbine Muguruza will become world number one on Monday after Coco Vandeweghe continued America’s dominance of the women’s US Open by beating Karolina(...)

Venus Williams during her quarter-final win against Petra Kvitova. Photograph: Reuters

Venus Williams not only plays a fellow American in the semi-finals of the 2017 US Open; she plays a fellow African American, Sloane Stephens, and, in (...)

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