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Sloane Stephens, new star of tennis world, has Boston ties

Sloane Stephens, the tennis player who defeated Serena Williams and advanced to the Australian Open semifinals on Wednesday, has strong connections to Boston.

Her mother, Sybil Smith, was a swimmer at Boston University and a member of the school’s athletics hall of fame. Her bio on the BU Hall of Fame web page calls her “the finest swimmer in Boston University history.”

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