Sloane Stephens searches for answers at Madrid Open
Sloane Stephens has gone from being America's sweetheart to being a full-blown brat.
She claims their relationship has deteriorated since she beat Williams in the Australian Open. At the same time, she declares they were never really that close.
Stephens reportedly told ESPN that “For the first 16 years of my life, she said one word to me and was never involved in my tennis whatsoever...I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal that she’s not involved now."
Meanwhile her struggles on the court continue. Yesterday she lost in the opening round of the Madrid Open, 3-6, 5-7, to Daniela Hantuchova.
Opening-round losses are becoming routine for Stephens. She has lost in her opener in three of the last four tournaments she's played in. She was benched during Fed Cup after she lost the opening match.
So to fuel her funk, Stephens decides to spray venom on the No. 1 player in the world.
Waaa Waaa Waaa. She doesn't call me, Stephens complained.
Waaa Waaa Waaa. She unfollowed me on Twitter.
It's time for Stephens to grow up.
She acts like Williams, who is an opponent competing against her, is supposed to hold her hand and tuck her in.
This tantrum unleashed on the pages of a magazine is the latest in a series of bratty moves.
Stephens has given flippant responses to her poor play. “I’m 16 in the world. I can lose in the first round the next two months and I probably would still be top 30," she said after losing at the Sony Open.
She claims that a tweet Williams posted, saying "I made you," was meant for her. Maybe it was. But Serena has more than 3 million followers.
She also accuses Williams of not speaking to her or even looking her way since their match. Odd, because they were clearly seen during the Fed Cup laughing and chatting together.
Of course this interview was conducted in March, before Fed Cup.
Stephens reportedly said that the media hyped the bond she shared with Williams. If that's true, Stephens certainly played along. She didn't dispute the story about having a picture of Serena hanging on her wall.
She tells ESPN that Kim Clijsters was her favorite player, not Williams. Nana nana nah nah.
Even if all the horrible things she says about Williams are true, going public, junior-high style, is not the way to handle it.
So far, the poor behavior on display has come from Stephens.
During a match against Williams in Brisbane, Stephens could be heard saying that Williams yelling "come on" was "disrespectful."
Let's get this straight: Williams has been yelling "come on" most of her career. She yells it against Stephens, and suddenly it's disrespectful?
Note to Stephens: if you find your opponent yelling "come on" to be disrespectful, then you're going to be disrespected quite a bit in your career.
It's hard to understand what Stephens was trying to accomplish in this interview.
Whatever it was, it backfired. She comes across as spoiled, juvenile.
Yes, beating Williams at the Australian Open was an accomplishment. But since that win, Stephens' career has been a disaster.
Williams, meanwhile, won a record sixth Sony Open and defended her title in Charleston. She won two matches to help rescue the U.S. from defeat in the Fed Cup after Stephens' 64-unforced-errors performance.
Williams has 15 Grand Slams and has earned more prize money than any woman in the history of sports.
But according to Stephens, Williams is no mentor.
Obviously she's not your mentor. If she were, perhaps you wouldn't be acting like a loser.