MELBOURNE, Australia — Kudos to the producer at Australia’s Channel 7 who must have issued the directive to track down Sloane Stephens to get her reaction to Ana Ivanovic’s big win over Serena Williams on Sunday. Stephens was watching at Melbourne Park when Ivanovic sealed a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory to secure her spot in the quarterfinals of a Slam for just the second time since winning the French Open in 2008.
Cameras caught Stephens celebrating with her team on match point and Channel 7 initially aired the footage implying that Stephens was celebrating Serena’s loss, as she’s seen almost giving a high-five to her hitting partner, Andrew Fitzgerald. The station later clarified that Stephens was actually mimicking the celebration coming from Ivanovic’s player box. Phew. I was starting to get worried World War III between the two American stars might break out.
“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,” Stephens explained on Monday. “Andrew 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 of course I’m cheering against Serena, which had nothing to do with it.”