The Maria Sharapova versus Serena Williams feud won’t be settled by a war of words. Williams knows that better than anybody. Besides, she has the advantage on the playing fields at Wimbledon, so why not try to cool the flames in today’s pretournament conference?
The latest Sharapova/Serena catfight began when Rolling Stone published a short paragraph from Williams attacking an unnamed tennis player for being uncool:
“There are people who live, breathe and dress tennis. I mean, seriously, give it a rest…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.”
Since Maria Sharapova is dating Serena Williams ex Grigor Dimitrov, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who Williams was talking about.
Sharapova fired back in her pretournament Wimbledon press conference, saying: “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.”
With Serena Williams a favorite at Wimbledon, how much attention should she pay to the remark? After all, it’s easy to be the bigger person when you are the bigger person.
So here’s what Serena said in her own pretournament conference, reported in multiple media sources like The New York Times and The Guardian:
“I personally talked to Maria at the player party. I said, ‘Look, I want to personally apologise to you if you are offended by being brought into my situation. I want to take this moment to just pour myself, be open, say I’m very sorry for this whole situation.'”
Serena Williams isn’t known for her tactful speech anyway, so why not let Maria Sharapova win the war of words? Williams will focus on what’s really important.
As The Guardian’s Kevin Mitchell summed up:
“[I]f they meet in the final of this Wimbledon, the defending champion will be delighted, having beaten Maria 13 times in a row, most recently in the French Open final. That is a lot of revenge for losing to the blonde teenager when she won her first title here in 2004.”
Maria Sharapova might not have Serena Williams’ case of foot-in-mouth disease, most recently put on display when Williams made an ill-advised comment about the Steubenville High School football rape case.
But when it comes down to tennis, Maria Sharapova versus Serena Williams usually results in the prize going to Williams.
[Maria Sharapova photo by Maria Sharapova via Twitter]