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Sloane Stephens Rips Serena Williams, Says They Don't Talk

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 21:  Sloane Stephens of the USA returns a shot to Olga Govortsova of Belarus  during the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 21, 2013 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterMay 6, 2013

There’s about to be a what? Girl fight! 

Well, there might not be a fight, but something is brewing between tennis legend Serena Williams and budding prodigy Sloane Stephens—and it has the ripe odor of an ugly, sweaty feud. 

After defeating Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, naturally Stephens and the ultra-competitive 31-year-old became the best of friends—or so everyone thought.

Many seemed to assume the two were locked in some preternatural padawan/jedi master relationship—that Stephens had been hand-selected by Williams as her successor in some weird trans-generational torch-passing ceremony.

That couldn’t be further from the truth, according to Stephens.

In a recent interview with ESPN the Magazine, the 20-year-old rising star said she’s been snubbed, unfollowed and ignored by Williams, and that things only got worse after defeating the veteran. 

"She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia," Stephens told ESPN. "And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter." 

Stephens also claimed this random tweet that went out from Williams’ account after the match in Australia was aimed at her:

“I was like, ‘You really don’t think I know that’s about me?'” Stephens told ESPN. 

The young star went on to say that the Williams sisters snubbed her for an autograph at a tournament in Florida when she was 12, claiming the two ignored fans multiple times.

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

Stephens thinks people want to believe she’s Williams’ protege, but the angle they’re seeing just isn’t there. So why does this prevailing idea even exist among fans? 

Stephens' response: “They want another Serena.”

 

Hold on to your tennis balls, this is about to get ugly: Dr__Carson

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