This weekend, Sloane Stephens will attempt to complete a triumphant return from foot surgery by adding a Fed Cup title to her US Open crown.
If she does, Stephens will become just the eighth woman in the Open era to win the US Open singles title and a Fed Cup crown in the same year – and the first since Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2004.
The other women to complete the US Open singles-Fed Cup championship sweep are Americans Chris Evert (1977-78, 80, 82), Tracy Austin (1979), Martina Navratilova (1986) and Serena Williams (1999), as well as Czech Hana Mandlikova (1985) and Spaniard Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (1994).
Stephens will compete as the No. 2 American for Team USA when it takes on Belarus in Minsk this coming weekend. The 24-year-old, who missed 11 months from the tour before returning at Wimbledon earlier this year, is currently No. 13 in the world rankings, behind only No. 10 Coco Vandeweghe on the U.S. squad.
The other Americans competing are Shelby Rogers, who upset No. 25 Daria Gavrilova in the longest match in recorded US Open history to reach the third round at this year’s event, and Alison Riske, who advanced to the round of 16 in New York in 2013.
The Belarus team is composed of 19-year-old rising star Aryna Sabalenka, currently No. 78 in the world; No. 87 Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who has twice reached the second round at the US Open; 2016 Australian Open junior champion Vera Lapko, currently No. 131; and world No. 69 doubles player Lidziya Marozava.