Maria Sharapova says there is no more feud between her and Serena Williams. During Wimbledon, Sharapova lashed out at Williams, who criticized another Top-5 player in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying:
“She begins every interview with ‘I’m so happy. I’m so lucky’—it’s so boring. She’s still not going to be invited to the cool parties. And, hey, if she wants to be with the guy with a black heart, go for it.”
Williams said she apologized to Sharapova at the Wimbledon player party for “inadvertently” bringing her into her interview, but Sharapova still criticized her, as Williams did not admit in the apology that she was specifically talking about Sharapova in the interview, which the Russian didn’t believe.
Sources say the quotes from Williams were from different time periods, and that one of the quotes was not about Sharapova, but another top player.
Sharapova—who is dating fellow player Grigor Dimitrov, who once had some sort of undefined relationship with Williams—thought the comments were directed at her, and said that if Williams “wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids. Talk about other things, but not draw attention to other things. She has so much in her life, many positives, and I think that’s what it should be about.”
Sharapova was referring to Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who is rumored to be dating Serena.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal this fall, Sharapova said: “We haven’t spoken too much about it but we did we left a lot about what happened in London.”
When asked why she didn’t back down, Sharapova said: “I’m a strong girl. I’ve always been tough. I’ve been tough professionally, it’s really where you have to be tough in business and professionally when you are on court. It’s won me a lot in life. I’m not the strongest girl or fastest girl on court but I’ve been extremely tough and it’s brought me many titles, many victories and many smiles.”