Sloane Stephens Smart to Clear the Air with Serena Williams
Emerging American tennis star Sloane Stephens can't take back her comments about 15-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, but she should be commended for her effort to clear the air between the two.
According to Stephens' Twitter account on Tuesday, she has spoken with Williams, patched things up and apparently learned from her mistake.Stephens' recent comments in an ESPN The Magazine article, don't expect Serena to erase the bulletin-board material her newest rival has provided for her.
If there's one thing that's become obvious about Serena over the years, it's that she is a relentless competitor on the tennis court and hardly the game's most gracious player in defeat.
Who will you be rooting for the next time these two take to the court?
Her comments regarding Williams, while perhaps unfair, were real, and she was right to waste no time accepting the blame and making peace.
Still, Stephens accepting responsibility for the drama and ending it isn't going to change how Williams approaches her on the tennis court.
While the 20-year-old Stephens is the future of American tennis, the road to the top of the women's game still goes through the 31-year-old Williams, who has won two of the past three Grand Slam events.
Stephens smoothing things over with Williams is smart considering it will aide her reputation among tennis fans and the public. It's another attempt by Stephens to take the high road in this young rivalry (albeit a little too late in this case).
The five-time Wimbledon champion is a fiery player who rarely reacts well to losing.
Clearing the air with Serena was the smartest move Sloane Stephens could make in the wake of her controversial comments being made public, but don't expect her apology to take one bit of intensity away from this emerging rivalry.
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