In “Unstoppable” — Sharapova’s autobiography — the 31-year-old said her rivalry with Williams started after 2004 Wimbledon, where Sharapova won her first Grand Slam by defeating Williams in straight sets.
“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon,” Sharapova wrote in the book. “Not long after I heard Serena told a friend, who then told me, ‘I’ll never lose to that little bitch again.’”
Sharapova and Williams were supposed to meet in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday, but Williams had to withdraw from the pair’s 22nd meeting with a last-minute injury. Williams is 19-2 against Sharapova, including 18 straight wins.
“I think the book was 100 percent hearsay, at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing,” said Williams, who played in her first Grand Slam since giving birth last year.
Do you believe in hate at first sight? From the moment that Serena Williams set eyes on Maria Sharapova, she knew she was a little bitch and she was not shy about telling other people about it.
Sharapova was a teenager who beat and embarrassed Serena in the biggest tennis tournament of the year back in 2004. Serena has dedicated the rest of her career murdering her.
How is this rivalry good for tennis?
Serena Williams is lightyears ahead of the other women in the sport. She’s so dominant that she even makes her sister, Venus, look like a scrub when they go head-to-head. When you’re that much better than your competition, you need to provide yourself a mental edge.
Serena’s motivation is to pummel the blonde chick that gets more endorsement money than she does even though historically, Serena has won 19 of their 21 matches against each other. It’s not even really a rivalry. It’s one bloodthirsty predator devouring her prey and continuing to devour her prey because her prey ends up on more magazine covers than her.
We all need enemies to fuel us. My sole motivation is spite. It’s the only reason I get up in the morning. Can’t let my foes out here thrive while I’m snoozing. Everyone who’s wronged me will pay. I’m sure Serena feels the same way as I do.
Thank you for being a ‘little bitch’, Maria. You accidentally created the greatest tennis player of all time.
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