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‘I will never lose to that little b**** again’: Why Serena bitter with Sharapova

The feud between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams is well documented, but the reasons behind the intense rivalry will be clear with the former releasing her autobiography titled ‘Unstoppable: My Life So Far’.

tennis Updated: Aug 14, 2017 17:58 IST
Maria Sharapova,Serena Williams,US Open
Serena Williams has an impressive 19-2 win record against Maria Sharapova.(REUTERS)

Maria Sharapova revealed to the world perhaps the answer to one of the biggest mysteries in tennis - her poor record against Serena Williams, despite starting off on an impressive note early in her career.

The feud between Sharapova and Williams is well documented, but the reasons behind the intense rivalry between these two champions was never as clearly known as it would be, with the former releasing her autobiography titled ‘Unstoppable: My Life So Far’.

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According to the Herald Sun, Sharapova has detailed how her relationship with Williams fell apart after the final of Wimbledon 2004. It was a match in which the young Sharapova had got the better of Williams.

“When the match was over, Serena hugged me. She said something like ‘good job’ and smiled. But she could not have been smiling on the inside. What I heard when I came in to the locker room was Serena Williams bawling. Guttural sobs. I got out as quickly as I could, but she knew I was there,” Sharapova wrote.

“People often wonder why I have had so much trouble beating Serena; my record against her is 2 and 19. To me, the answer was in this locker room. I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon. But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry,” she added.

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“Not long after the tournament, I heard Serena told a friend — who then told me — ‘I will never lose to that little b**** again’,” she continued.

Williams has been the better of the two on the court ever since, losing to the Russian player only once post that Wimbledon final.

On her part, Sharapova says she wants to be friends with Williams one day. “Serena and I should be friends; we have the same passion. But we are not. I think, to some extent, we have driven each other. Maybe that’s what it takes. Only when you have that intense antagonism can you find the strength to finish her off. Who knows? Someday, when all this is in our past, maybe we’ll become friends,” she added.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 17:50 IST