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Tennis: I did not cheer when Serena lost, says Stephens

Published on Jan 20, 2014 6:36 PM
Sloane Stephens of the US gestures during her women's singles match against Belarus's Victoria Azarenka on day eight of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Sloane Stephens has denied she was celebrating the shock fourth-round exit of world No.1 Serena Williams at tennis' Australian Open and said she felt the television footage was intrusive.

Stephens had been captured by television with a wide grin on her face when Williams was beaten by Serbia's Ana Ivanovic on Sunday and then seemingly rising her arms in triumph and trying to "high-five" one of her support team.

Local media had jumped on the footage and said the actions would probably further sour an already frosty relationship between Williams and Stephens that developed after the youngster beat her fellow American in last year's Australian Open quarter-finals.

The 20-year-old, however, was adamant she had not been celebrating Williams' demise but was merely mimicking the actions of Ivanovic's supporters in the players' box.

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