Advantage to Sharapova in dispute with Williams
SERENA Williams and Maria Sharapova appear intent on annihilating each other before Wimbledon has even started.
Williams sought yesterday to broker a fragile truce, claiming she had “never intended” to drag Sharapova into the unseemly contretemps, a little too late given her incendiary remarks to ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine.
The American said: “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.”
The dark-hearted gentleman in question was Bulgarian player Gregor Dimitrov. An affronted Maria, naturally, returned fire, casting aspersions upon Williams’ rumoured liaison with coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who has given no indication his own marriage has ended.
“If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship with her coach who was married, who is getting a divorce and has kids,” she shot back, witheringly.
So Williams, striding into a packed auditorium for her pre-tournament press conference attempted a little emollience.
“I talked to Maria,” she disclosed. “I said, ‘I want to take this moment just to pour out, be open, and say that I’m very sorry’.”