go to MSN.com
Found May 07, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:
PLAYERS: Serena Williams

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Serena Williams responded to the criticism she faced from Sloane Stephens by saying she is a big fan of the up-and-coming player.

In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Stephens said her mentor-protege relationship with Williams had been overblown by the media, and that Williams essentially dropped her as a friend after losing to her at the Australian Open in January.

Following her second-round match at the Madrid Open on Tuesday, Williams was asked about Stephens’ criticism.

“I’m a big Sloane Stephens fan and always have been,” Williams said at a press conference after beating Lourdes Dominguez 6-2, 7-5, per the AFP.

“I’ve always said that I think she can be the best in the world. I’ll always continue to think that and always be rooting for her.

“I really just always wish her and anyone, really, especially from America the best. We don’t have that many American players, so it’s always exciting to see so many young players doing so well.”

Williams certainly was playing nice with Stephens. That might be because the two supposedly spoke and hashed out their problems.

Stephens tweeted to that effect:

So Stephens came out roaring like a young lion in the interview, but she really backed off. Maybe she couldn’t handle the negative publicity that came as a result of her comments.

3 Comments:
  • Sloane Stevens should realize that one good win does not a career make...remember Melanie Oudin? If Sloane takes that one good win too seriously she'll end up in the same boat as Melanie. Chill, girl.
  • Talk about class. Serena really showed a champion with class with her response. I'm sorry that Sloane had to learn the hard way but better to learn now versus later. I like Sloane and share Serena's feelings but geez little girl you can't wear your feelings on your sleeve or worry about being liked.
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Tennis ace Sloane Stephens doesn’t really rock with Serena Williams

Earlier this year when Serena Williams faced off against Sloane Stephens in the Australian Open, a lot was made about their alleged “friendship” and the mentor role Williams had taken on with Sloane. In a recent interview in ESPN the magazine, Sloane corrects that myth and actually comes for Serena’s neck. “She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi,...

Sloane Stephens Apologizes For Being Hurt That Serena Williams Unfollowed Her on Twitter

Stephens was in her feelings when Serena Williams unfollowed her on Twitter and eased up on the communication after Stephens beat her at the Australian Open. What Stephens needs to learn is in the world of professional sports, you have no friends. You can’t be buddy buddy with everyone and Serena sees her a threat, so I am not surprised she doesn’t want to do girl talk with her...

Sloane Stephens Apologizes for Being Hurt that Serena Williams Didn’t want to be Her Friend

  We reported the news a couple days ago of female Tennis player Sloane Stephens ripping Serena Williams for reportedly not being friendly towards her and unfollowing her on twitter. Apparently, the two spoke and Sloane tweeted this out recently regarding the issue. Guilty of being naive. Much respect 4 @serenawilliams , a champ & the GOAT. [...]

Serena Williams Responds to Sloane Stephens’ Quotes: Stephens Takes Blame on Twitter

By Tumaini Carayol (May 7, 2013) MADRID – As the traveling tennis circus rolled into Madrid, the tennis world was immediately consumed by shocking off-court happenings that left the actual tennis firmly in the shadows. The first alarm bells rang as a suspiciously scribbled magazine scan was uploaded into a small pocket of the internet [...]

Serena through to Madrid third round

Serena Williams moved her Madrid Open title defense into the third round after beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 6-2, 7-5 on Tuesday. Despite being unsettled by her opponent's drop-shots and lobs, top-ranked Williams moves on to pursue a fourth title of the year and 50th of her career. Williams hasn't won much on the clay. She won on blue clay here a year ago and...

Stephens backs off from comments

Sloane Stephens torched Serena Williams in a recent intervew. Tuesday, she took to Twitter to back away from her comments.

Sharapova Reacts to Stephens’ Comments About Serena Williams

By Tumaini Carayol (May 6, 2013) MADRID – After her 7-5, 6-2 victory over Alexandra Dulgheru, Maria Sharapova, Tennis Panorama News  asked Sharapova about Sloane Stephens‘ controversial comments on Serena Williams. “No, I mean, I don’t really hide any feelings too much. I think everyone knows this is my job here. When I’m on the [...]

Serena squeaks into Madrid semifinals

Top-ranked Serena Williams outlasted Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 0-6, 7-5 to reach the Madrid Open semifinals on Friday. Williams appeared to wear down against the scrappy Spaniard on the red clay court, and after getting blanked in the second set she fell behind 4-2 in the decider. But the defending champion rallied back to break Medina Garrigues' serve twice to move on....

Madrid Open – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

  MUTUA MADRID OPEN Madrid, Spain May 4-12, 2013 Red Clay/Outdoors Results – Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Women’s Singles – Second Round (1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (WC) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 62 75 (2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (Q) Christina Mchale (USA) 61 62 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (11) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 76(2) 46 [...]
Tennis News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nick Young has nickname he wants rookies to use for him

PHOTO: Nick Young’s Instagram Nick Young is awesome. During an interview with Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell, Young revealed that he was making rookies Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle address him by a different name this coming season. While it’s not clear what Young has asked Randle to call him – the 19-year-old mumbled numerous times when asked by Trudell to reveal...
Via Lakerholicz.com
2 days ago

Tedy Bruschi: Goodell has to go

At some point the backlash directed at commissioner Roger Goodell may be too much and he’ll have to go the way of Tricky Dick Nixon. This is to say, NFL’s head honcho might be in the earliest stages of having to call it quits. Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who is among the most popular retired players around the league, indicated on ESPN that it’s time...
Via Sportsnaut
4 hours ago

Tom Coughlin hoping music can inspire Giants

There was something different in the air during the New York Giants stretching routine at their training facility outside MetLife Stadium before practice Friday, reported the N.Y. Post.And no, it wasn't the stench of 0-2 team's desperation to salvage a season before it reeks worse than a Meadowlands landfill.It was the sound of music.While some players bopped to the tunes...
Via The Other Paper
6 hours ago

Roman Reigns undergoes emergency hernia surgery

WWE.COM is reporting that Roman Reigns will be undergoing emergency surgery today, just over 24 hours before the Night of Champions (2014) pay-per-view. Not much is known at this time. He was rushed a Nashville, Tennessee hospital for surgery on an incarcerated hernia. He had been in the area to promote WWE’s Night of Champions event, but now, it looks like he might not even make...
Via Between The Ropes
5 hours ago

Winston now suspended for entire Clemson game

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has now been suspended for their game against the Clemson Tigers on Saturday. As you already know, Winston was originally suspended for the first half after he made inappropriate comments on campus earlier this week. According to an email by Interim Florida State President Garnett S. Stokes late Friday night, the school has now suspended Winston...
Via Sportsnaut
18 hours ago

Report: Ravens engaged in massive cover-up in Rice case

ESPN’s Outside the Lines dropped a major bomb on the Baltimore Ravens regarding their handling of the Ray Rice situation, saying that the team engaged in a massive cover-up to lessen their star running back and franchise icon’s punishment. According to ESPN’s story, the Ravens knew exactly what was on the elevator video hours after […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 hours ago

Rex Chapman arrested for stealing $14K in Apple products

Former Phoenix Suns sharpshooter Rex Chapman was arrested in Scottsdale on Friday after a months-long shoplifting spree at a local Apple Store that netted him approximately $14,000 in stolen goods. Chapman’s not-so-inconspicuous trick involved checking out merchandise via an iPhone self-checkout app, but not actually going through with the transaction. After leaving, Chapman would...
Via Next Impulse Sports
21 hours ago

Kevin Durant gets game ball from Redskins owner

It’s hardly surprising that Kevin Durant is a pretty passionate fan of D.C. sports. He hails from nearby Rockville, Md., and often professes his love for the pro sports teams he grew up watching. Durant was in attendance last Sunday for the Washington Redskins’ 41-10 drubbing of the awful Jacksonville Jaguars. Clad in a RG3 […] The post Dan Snyder sends Kevin Durant game ball...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago

WATCH: Goodell stumbles on domestic violence question

Roger Goodell read a prepared statement during his press conference on Friday and then answered questions using lines given to him by PR people/crisis management firms. The result was a boring, insincere press conference where many of the exact same lines and phrases were repeated. However, there was one point where Goodell got thrown off […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago

NFL scout: Winston is a 'fraud'

Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston was the butt of the joke on many of the best College GameDay signs during the opening weekend of the 2014 college football season for shoplifting crab legs. Despite solid on-field play through the Seminoles’ first two games, Winston is facing an increasing amount of criticism for his off-the-field issues after getting suspended for...
Via Gridiron Grit
22 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.