NEW YORK (Reuters) – American Sloane Stephens obtained a torrent of offended messages on social media, which include racist and sexist abuse, adhering to her 3rd spherical reduction to Angelique Kerber at the U.S. Open up, the tournament’s 2017 champion mentioned on Saturday.
Stephens, who is Black, stated she received more than 2,000 messages of abuse immediately after Friday’s 5-7 6-2 6-3 defeat.
“It truly is so tricky to browse messages like these, but I’ll put up a several so you guys can see what it really is like right after a decline,” she wrote in an Instagram story.
What followed was a collection of racist and sexist messages aimed at the 28-yr-previous Stephens.
“This style of detest is so exhausting and in no way ending,” she stated.
“This is not talked about enough, but it truly freaking sucks… I am joyful to have folks in my corner who aid me. I’m picking out beneficial vibes more than damaging ones.
“I choose to present you guys pleasure on right here, but it really is not generally smiles and roses.”
Stephens, who has been ranked as high as globe range 3, then posted supportive messages she gained from her workforce just after the decline, the men and women she identified as “the only kinds who make a difference.”
“Difficult a single yesterday but allow me say I actually like the way Sloane is progressing and wherever we are heading to,” a single concept explained.
“Experience tremendous self-confident about the subsequent measures. Let’s get all set to win Indian Wells and end the yr solid and start getting ready to win majors and occur back to the top 10.”
The WTA did not immediately react to a ask for for remark.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles Editing by Ken Ferris)