Re: WWW The "Disrespectful QF": Serena vs. Sloane?
Here's a small excerpt from Sloane's presser about Rena:
Q. What did you learn in your matches against Serena recently?
SLOANE STEPHENS: Obviously every match is a learning experience. But, I mean, you've just got to go and treat it like another match. It wasn't like, Oh, my God, I played Serena, I'm going to be so great at all these other things because she just taught me so much.
It was just another match, regular match. Little things that you just take and move on.
Q. It seemed like in that match there were some things that annoyed you a little bit about playing Serena. How do you get over that to play her the next time?
SLOANE STEPHENS: I mean, move on. Just another match. If you dwell on what happened... I mean, that was two weeks ago now, three weeks ago. I don't know how long ago that was. I mean, I played seven other matches or eight other matches, so I'm kind of past what happened then.
Q. This is your first run to a quarterfinal at a major. Serena, presuming you played her, has won 15 titles. It must be difficult to go into a match like that.
SLOANE STEPHENS: Uhm, yeah. But, I mean, that's just kind of like playing I mean, that would be if I was playing Sharapova, she's won Grand Slams. If I was playing Venus, she's won Grand Slams.
It just happens to be Serena. She's obviously one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Without all that, it's still a tennis match. You have to go out and play your game, no matter what. Without the titles, with the titles, it's still a tennis match. The court's the same size. You're still playing a regular person across the net. You've just got to go out and play.
Q. What is your relationship with her like?
SLOANE STEPHENS: Normal. Just talk whenever we see each other. Yesterday she told me I was too quiet on the court. I don't know. Then today I was thinking to myself, I'm really loud. Should I tone it down a little bit.
But, I mean, no, just normal. Just friendly stuff.
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