(August 30, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Fifteen seed Sloane Stephens has moved into the fourth round of the US Open by dominating American countrywoman Jamie Hampton the 23rd seed 6-1, 6-3.
The win gives Stephens a potential match-up against defending champion Serena Williams, who plays the night session on Friday.
“I think it will be a great match obviously if we do play,” Stephens said. “We’ll probably play on Ashe.
“It’s something I think everyone is looking forward to.
The match between Stephens and Hampton marked the first time in Arthur Ashe Stadium that two American women under has played each other since the Williams sisters contested the 2002 final.
“I think that I’ve had tendencies, shown tendencies to play really bad in big moments,” Hampton said. “Kind of sucks. I’m incredibly, incredibly disappointed in the way I played today.
“Nerves, you know, I think I felt fine going out there. Stadium is pretty big. But I got to hit on it before. I’ve played on Rod Laver and Indian Wells stadium a couple times, as well. I don’t think that was too overwhelming.”
Stephens has earned a berth in at least the fourth round at all of the major tournaments this year. She reached the Australian open semifinals where she beat an ailing Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.