Today is the official start of Wimbledon, but over the weekend Maria Sharapova had a few choice words about Serena Williams.
In her pre-tournament press conference Saturday, No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova directed some pointed remarks at No. 1 Serena Williams in response to comments that appeared in a Rolling Stone article apparently criticizing Sharapova and her boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov.
In Williams’ Rolling Stone interview, she took a second to throw shade at Sharapova’s new relationship with Dimitrov, who is also rumored to be an ex of Williams.
Here is the excerpt from Rolling Stone:
“There are people who live, breathe and dress tennis. I mean, seriously, give it a rest.” Serena exits the car and the conversation moves on to a top-five player who is now in love. “She begins every interview with ‘I’m so happy. I’m so lucky’ – it’s so boring,” says Serena in a loud voice. “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.”
“Obviously I have a tremendous amount of respect for Serena and what she’s achieved on the court,” Sharapova said. “If she 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.”
Oh, she just called Serena a homewrecker!
This is starting to sound like an episode of Jerry Springer. There have been rumors that Williams and coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, are actually an item. But according to Mouratoglou’s Facebook page, he is listed as “separated”.
I guess Serena should have expected Sharapova to “retaliate” with some slander of her own, especially since she threw the first stone. Who needs soap operas or Love & Hip Hop, when you have women’s tennis. In any event, if Serena’s man was actually married at the time their alleged “relationship” started, maybe someone should have told her it’s not wise to mix business with pleasure, especially when he’s already someone else’s pleasure.
When asked about the comments Sharapova made, mum’s the word for Williams. “I definitely was told of the comments,” Williams said Sunday. “I definitely like to keep my personal life personal. I think it would be inappropriate for me to comment on it. But, yeah, I’ve always, in the past — you guys have known — I’ve kept my personal and professional life very private. I’m going to continue to do that.”