Tennis-Stephens suffers abuse on social media just after U.S. Open loss

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American Sloane Stephens acquired a torrent of offended messages on social media, together with racist and sexist abuse, subsequent her 3rd spherical decline to Angelique Kerber at the U.S. Open up, the tournament’s 2017 champion stated on Saturday.

Stephens, who is Black, claimed she obtained over 2,000 messages of abuse soon after Friday’s 5-7 6-2 6-3 defeat.

“It is really so tricky to read through messages like these, but I will article a couple of so you men can see what it can be like right after a reduction,” she wrote in an Instagram tale.

What adopted was a collection of racist and sexist messages aimed at the 28-12 months-previous Stephens.

“This style of despise is so exhausting and by no means ending,” she explained.

“This is not talked about sufficient, but it seriously freaking sucks… I am content to have persons in my corner who assist me. I am picking favourable vibes around detrimental types.

“I pick out to show you fellas joy on below, but it is really not always smiles and roses.”

Stephens, who has been ranked as significant as environment quantity a few, then posted supportive messages she acquired from her workforce soon after the reduction, the folks she called “the only ones who issue.”

“Hard one yesterday but allow me say I actually like the way Sloane is progressing and the place we are heading to,” 1 message said.

“Come to feel tremendous assured about the subsequent ways. Let’s get completely ready to gain Indian Wells and end the 12 months potent and start out making ready to acquire majors and occur again to the leading 10.”

The WTA did not straight away respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles Editing by Ken Ferris)

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