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Up-And-Coming Tennis Star Sloan Stephens Has SERIOUS Beef With Serena Williams

You may remember this girl from sports headlines this January, when she beat #1 ranked Serena Williams in the Quaterfinals of the Australian Open. The story was about how thrilled she was to beat such a legend. How her twitter followers doubled. The similarities between her and Serena. An implied mentorship between the two.

Turns out the 20-year-old isn’t a fan.

Via SI: “She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia,” Stephens says. “And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.”

Ok, sounds like Sloan is popping off a bit. She’s got a legitimate issue, but probably doesn’t need to make it public. Unless, of course, Serena did it first.

Alright, it’s on. Williams, who is one of the most beloved American sports icons ever, doesn’t have a whole lot of competition from her fellow female athletes. She just wins and collects awards and smiles and we love her to death for it. That’s why it comes as a surprise that she sent out this vindictive, childish tweet.

Perhaps she just feels (understandably) threatened because this younger, attractive (sorry, but that makes people jealous), African-American tennis player is encroaching on the territory she’s owned for more than a decade. Can’t fault her for being a bit testy after that loss, right? So, let’s call it a wash. Serena was upset, but Sloan should consider it a compliment. Unless there’s some more dirt Sloan would like to dish…

[In reference to the ESPN The Magazine Interview]In the interview, Stephens says she was in Delray Beach, Fla., at a Fed Cup event when she was 12 and had a poster she was hoping to have signed by Venus and Serena.

“I waited all day [for an autograph],” she explains. “They walked by three times and never signed our posters.”

Stephens says she hung the poster on her wall for a while but was devastated that she was unable to get it signed.

Gulp. That’s a pretty sad image. But it happens. I’m sure she didn’t intentionally break any aspiring tennis pro’s heart. This really seems like just a huge misunderstanding. Betcha if they got together, they’d both find each other’s company pleasant and respectful. Let’s she what happened when they played each other in January? Roll the tape…

Ahem, pretty clear this isn’t going to end well. Serena doesn’t like Sloan. Sloan doesn’t like Serena. And the media has been trying to weave this false narrative that the two are thick as thieves. The media, and undoubtedly America at large, want the whole Obiwan Kenobi/Luke Skywalker mentor storyline, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.

“If you mentor someone,” Stephens told Beyond the Baseline. “That means you speak to them, that means you help them, that means you know about their life, that means you care about them. Are any of those things true at this moment? No, so…”

So…you’re saying there’s a chance! The interview in full comes out in the May 13th ESPN The Magazine.

Photos via Getty, H/T Sports Illustrated

  • me

    you’re an idiot get your facts straight beginning with a quarter final win, and to throw in looks is just as juvenile as Sloane’s rantings

  • Jake O’Donnell

    Thanks for the correction, and I appreciate your opinion. What I was simply trying to say, is that people get intimidated by younger, good-looking newcomers, who get lots of attention from the media. I wasn’t implying that it was actually important. It was more that you can understand why good-looks could make someone jealous.

    Again, thank you for your input and the correction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Pain/100003984024732 John Pain

    Sloane’s such a conniving bitch, typical mouth piece for Serena haters from the media who have dogged the Williamses for ages. She will NEVER EVER achieve was the Williamses have dine for America (Olympic Gold medals) and themselves (slam championships). Bitch should shut up and win a fucking tournament, ugh!

  • That Guy

    Hey Now lets simmer down.

  • Seahawk

    Is Serena really one of the most beloved sports figure in US history? I’ve always found her and her sister to be fairly obnoxious, often bad sports, and overtly egotistical. (I credit their dad for that behavior.) I understand they are both incredible talents who have major achievements, but women’s tennis seems to have a bit of a culture of snark. As for this current spat I could care less, nobody is behaving well.

  • Jake O’Donnell

    Interesting take. You’re probably on to something about Serena being obnoxious — certainly looks like it now! I’d argue that people have looked past her egotism in part because she’s the only good American tennis player in the last 10 years. And you’re right about this feud. Seems childish. Maybe that speaks to your point about the snarky culture of pro tennis? Thanks for commenting.

  • andre3000

    Whoever wrote this article clearly doesn’t really follow tennis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/varsha.gopal.1238 Varsha Gopal

    Shut up Sloane . You’re never gonna be as good (or half good) as Serena . Now stop the crap and start winning some matches .

    #always a serena fan

  • anon

    sounds like some media generated beef to me… nothing to see here move along

  • Sanddollar

    I used to be a huge fan of Serena. Until her true personality started becoming more visible. Events like the one with her and the line judge at the US Open a few years ago really do tell a lot about you. The reality is Serena doesn’t have to be this girl’s friend. But let’s not kid ourselves into believing that Serena is this darling of a person either.

  • DirtySouth706

    If it was men, this would not be a issue.

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