The 26-year-old American tennis player, Sloane Stephens said she is ready to move ahead from a disappointing 2019 and shift her focus to work on the world tennis rankings and attempt to qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Stephens has won the U.S. Open in 2017. She also reached world number 3 in 2018. However, she struggled this year and failed to make the final at any tournament. She is at number 25 in the world ranking at this moment.
"I'm excited to start a new season because midway through 2019, I was ready for it to be over," Stephens told in an interview after hosting a tennis clinic for Marriott International rewards members at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California.
"So, I'm just looking forward to 2020 and I'm ready for a fresh start. I literally have nothing to lose, a lot in front of me and nowhere to go but up," she said.
"For me it's a good position to be in."
Giving high priority on her list of goals for 2020, she is making her second consecutive appearance for Team USA at the Olympics.
"I made one before, which was really cool, and I'd obviously love to make a second one and play for my country," she said.
"Managing the ups and downs throughout the year is a pretty big goal," she said.
"It's about staying healthy and happy, enjoying my tennis and not getting too burnt out at the beginning of the year knowing that it is a very long season," she said.
Stephens said she has no issues lingering with the foot injury she suffered in 2017. Her injury needed surgery and sidelined her for 11 months.
"I have a fresh mind and am feeling a lot better on and off the court," she said.
"I think will allow me to have better results."
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