Sloane: I wasn't cheering against Serena

by: Matt Cronin January 19, 2014

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Sloane Stephens says she was not celebrating Ana Ivanovic’s win over Serena Williams at the Australian Open. Stephens was caught on tape smiling and imitating the celebrations of Ivanovic’s team by Australian broadcaster Channel 7 in the gym after the Serbian’s win. She said it was not at all slight at Willaims.

“There was no raising of the arms,” said Stephens, who lost to Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round. “At the end of the match, Ivanovic's coaches pretty much gave each other head butts and kisses, and I thought that was the funniest thing ever because I have never seen a more excited head butt/kiss at the end of the match. My hitting partner Andrew Fitzpatrick and I were like, Oh, my God we were going to do the same thing. We were so excited.

"Then of course after I'm on the bike, and then I was like, Were they recording that? Then of course in posts and everything and edit and of course I'm cheering against Serena, which had nothing to do with it. So that was it. We were just having some fun.”

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