The much-publicized beef between two American tennis stars turned out to be over before it started. Apparently, rising star Sloane Stephens wasn't feeling much love from Serena Williams while she was on the come up, but the two squashed the beef back in April when they both played for the US Fed Cup team. That didn't stop the piece from running, though, and Stephens was forced to straighten out the record via Twitter.
Tuesday, Sloane Stephens reversed course from her published statements in an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine and offered Serena Williams nothing but praise on Twitter.
“Guilty of being naive,” Stephens tweeted. “Much respect for @serenawilliams, a champ & the GOAT. We spoke, we’re good. ONWARD! #lifelessons.”
Stephens caught considerable flak for ripping Williams for her lack of ‘friendliness’ towards her – including deleting the young tennis star from Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger. Stephens also told The Magazine’s Maria Cogan she didn’t appreciated a tweet Williams posted in January, a subliminal reference to the respect Stephens owed her for ‘paving the way.’
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