Women’s professional tennis player Sloane Stephens is beefin’ with Serena Williams. In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Stephens said: “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.”
An unfollow on twitter, dang now that serious!
She continued: “Like, seriously! People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that — no, that’s not reality! You don’t unfollow someone on Twitter, delete them off of BlackBerry Messenger. I mean, what for? Why?”
She even says that this cryptic tweet from Serena was about her after the Australian Open.
I made you.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) January 26, 2013
“I was like, ‘You really don’t think I know that that’s about me?”, Says Stephens.
Stephens also wanted to set the record straight about the supposed mentor-protege relationship she and Serena shared. That angle was blown out of proportion by the media in the lead up to their Australian Open match.
“For the first 16 years of my life, she said one word to me and was never involved in my tennis whatsoever,” says Stephens. “I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal that she’s not involved now. If you mentor someone, 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 therefore…”
The theme of the article seems to be that America wants another Serena to take the torch from the aging star, but that she’s unlike Williams.