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Sloane Stephens recounts ‘loopy long-standing beef’ with Victoria Azarenka

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Former world No. 3 Sloane Stephens reveals she and Victoria Azarenka had “loopy beef for a very long time” earlier than shifting previous it and clearing the air between them. 

Stephens, 30, made her first Grand Slam semifinal on the 2013 Australian Open. In her first Grand Slam semifinal, Stephens clashed towards Azarenka, who on the time was the defending Australian Open champion. 

Whereas Azarenka received that match 6-1 6-4, she confronted some criticism and backlash as some thought the Belarusian took two timeouts in vital moments to throw Stephens off her sport. Afterward within the press, nearly all of Azarenka’s press convention was centered round that problem. 

Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens
Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens© Getty Photographs Sport – Quinn Rooney


“Oh, this match was a scenario. Was a complete scenario. We had loopy beef for like a very long time, like a very long time. Since resolved,” Stephens stated on Australian Open’s Cinema Classes.

“Like, what’s so loopy is that the first-ever skilled participant that like gave me an opportunity and a possibility to hit with them was Vika. I used to be like 15, they usually had come as much as Saddlebrook, and I practiced along with her for 2 days, and it was like the very best expertise ever.”

What Azarenka stated concerning the Stephens incident final 12 months?

In 2023, Azarenka made her first Australian Open semifinal because the notorious incident with Stephens. After clinching a semifinal spot on the 2023 Australian Open, 34-year-old Sabalenka stated that it “took me 10 years” to recover from the criticism and backlash she confronted after the 2013 match versus Stephens. 

“It was one of many worst issues that I’ve ever gone via in my skilled profession, the way in which I used to be handled after that second, the way in which I needed to clarify myself till 10:30 pm at evening as a result of folks did not need to consider me,” Azarenka stated final 12 months.

Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka© Getty Photographs Sport – Julian Finney


Because the 2013 Australian Open match, Stephens and Azarenka have performed towards one another eight extra occasions, with the Belarusian proudly owning a 5-4 head-to-head towards the American.

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