And now watch Sloane get to the Semis or win the French Open
I was just about to say something like that, lol.
Stephens is very strangely NOT a "form player". She's more like an anti-form player...her titles come after a run of bad form.
Her biggest results from 2018 were Miami (winner) and the FO (finalist) yet there was no positive trend leading up to those results.
After her 2017 US Open victory Stephens was pretty dire.
She lost in the 1st round of Sydney (to Giorgi) and 1st round of AO (to Zhang).
Following those results, she lost in the 2nd round of IW (to Kasatkina) after beating a returning Vika to avoid another R1 exit.
Then she WON Miami out of nowhere, beating Muguruza, Kerber, Azarenka, and Ostapenko along the way.
Following that she withdrew from Charleston then got breadsticked and bageled by Coco Vandeweghe in Stuttgart.
A pair of Round of 16 exits in Madrid and Rome ensued followed by a R1 loss to Putintseva at the Nuremberg cup.
Then she went to Roland Garros and made the final, bossing Halep around for a set and a half and and looking like she'd become FO champion.
You just can't predict anything when it comes to Stephens.
If there's any trend it's that she wins a big title after a long enough stretch of being terrible.
In that case, just give her the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen already (only half kidding).
I think the idea that she's lazy or doesn't care most of the times is just a way to try to explain this weirdness.
How can a player with the ability to beat almost anyone manage to lose to almost everyone for months at a time before "turning on" without warning?
It's really unique.