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By SI Wire
August 22, 2014

Sloane Stephens enters the 2014 U.S. Open as the No. 21 seed in the women's draw. She'll match up with Germany's Annika Beck in her first round matchup. 

Here is a look back at Stephens' past performances at the U.S. Open. 

Last year Stephens made it to the fourth round of the U.S. Open, losing in straight sets to the eventual champion Serena Williams. Stephens had struggled to get through her first round matchup against Mandy Minella, but then cruised through the second and third rounds versus Urszula Radwanska and Jamie Hampton. 

Stephens' fourth round exit proved to be her best performance to date in the U.S. Open. She had twice previously reached the third round, but had not advanced further.

2014 will mark just her fourth time participating in the event on the singles side. Stephens has been part of a doubles team four times, never advancing past the first round. 

Since turning pro in 2009, Stephens' best finish came during the 2013 Australian Open. She reached the semifinals as the No. 29 seed, losing to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. Stephens had to beat Serena Williams in the quarterfinals to advance to the semis.  

Later that season she reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The No. 17 seed was knocked out by eventual champion Marion Bartoli. 

For her career, Stephens is 89-70 in her matches, including 7-3 at the U.S. Open. 

The 2011 French Open was the first major tournament that she qualified for. Stephens lost in the first round to Elena Baltacha.

When she entered the Top 100 rankings at No. 97 to end 2011, Stephens was the youngest player ranked. 

- Aaron Somers

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