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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.
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,...
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...
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. [...]
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 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...
Ah, the trials and flubs of youth.
Sloane Stephens created a furor last week with her overhead slamming comments of Serena Williams in an interview with ESPN The Magazine. Now, the rising American tennis player is backing off her digs.
Guilty of being naive. Much respect 4 @ serenawilliams , a champ & the GOAT. We spoke, we're good. ONWARD! #lifelessons
-- Sloane Stephens...
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 [...]
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....
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The new documentary “Venus and Serena,” in theaters May 10, offers a glimpse into the work ethic and the mindset their father instilled in them. “He raised them with a great deal of love, and he also always gave them a sense of freedom,” Michelle Major, who directed the documentary, said. “He’s fiercely protective of them.” Of course he’s protective...
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 [...]