NEW YORK —
Stephens is considered heir to Williams' spot at the top of tennis. Stephens came to the Open seeded 15th and with a win over the top-seeded and top-ranked Williams earlier this year at the first Grand Slam tournament, the
This fourth-round match, Williams said, "felt a lot bigger. Thanks, Sloane."
Williams said playing doubles with her sister Venus has helped her serve, and it was that serve, especially in the second set, that kept Stephens off balance.
"Go USA," Williams told the
Amid all the hubbub around the Williams-Stephens match, it almost went unnoticed that defending men's champion