Monday June 1st, 2015

On Monday, Serena Williams squared off against fellow American Sloane Stephens in Round 4 of the French Open and Stephens set off the upset alert by taking the first set 6–1.

ESPN decided the No. 1 seed being upset was worth showing and so the network preempted its regular programming, the scholarly debate show First Take, to show Stephens and Williams battle at Roland Garros.

This drew the ire of the show's fans, who would have preferred to see the spirited verbal volleys of Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless instead of actual high level sports.

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Brendan Maloy

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