Sloane Stephens cross-trains in the off-season, and has sparked some cross-over interest—among athletes and apparel devotees—this young season with a break-out performance Down Under.
Powered by a stunning conquest of five-time champion Serena Williams, the 19-year-old American's run showcased all-court skills that will propel her inside the Top 20 for the first time when new rankings are released on Monday. It will also generate global exposure to Under Armour, her clothing and shoe sponsor.
It's an intriguing pairing of athlete and apparel as Stephens, whom Serena touts as a future No. 1, is the face of Under Armour tennis—yet the Baltimore-based brand does not currently manufacture a tennis-specific collection.