It has been nearly 10 years since one of the Williams sisters played another American in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament.
But Sloane Stephens will get the opportunity to face Serena Williams on Wednesday at the Australian Open.
It will be the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of any kind for Stephens, a 19-year-old from Los Angeles who has a personality nearly as lively as her footwork.
“She’s obviously one of the greatest players to ever play the game,” Stephens said. “Without all that, it’s still a tennis match. You have to go out and play your game, no matter what. Without the titles, with the titles, it’s still a tennis match. The court’s the same size. You’re still playing a regular person across the net."