Williams apologises for Sharapova comments
TOP CONTENDER: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during a practice session before Monday’s start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. LONDON — Serena Williams tried to defuse her war of words with Maria Sharapova on Sunday as the Wimbledon champion claimed she had apologised to the Russian for criticising her private life. Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam winner, infuriated Sharapova by making a thinly veiled reference to the world No3’s relationship with Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov, believed to be Serena’s former boyfriend, during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
"If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend who was married and is getting a divorce and has kids," Sharapova said. Sharapova also claimed she was "sad" that Williams made controversial comments in the same article regarding the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school American football players in the Ohio town of Steubenville.
But Serena, who starts her Wimbledon title defence against Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella on Tuesday, refused to escalate the row with her rival on the eve of the grass-court Grand Slam. The world No1 said that she sought out Sharapova to apologise at a WTA players’ party in London last week.
"I feel like Maria, unfortunately, was inadvertently brought into a situation she should have never been brought into," Serena said.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day