Maria Sharapova took exception to comments made by Serena Williams in a recent article in Rolling Stone in which the 5-time Wimbledon champion said a certain player is “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.”
While Serena didn’t name names it sounded like she was referring to Sharapova who now dates Grigor Dimitrov, a player linked to Serena last year.
When asked today at Wimbledon, Sharapova fired back at her rival specifically attacking Serena for dating a married guy with kids, namely coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
“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,” Sharapova said about Serena’s Rolling Stone quote.
“What I do on the court and what I talk about in my press conference is strictly about my career. I’m sure people want to know more, but yet I try to keep my personal life private,” Sharapova added. “Nobody really cares about what I have to say, my opinions. If I speak to my friends, that’s one thing. But I don’t go out and try to create things that shouldn’t be really talked about.”
Mouratoglou has been coaching Serena since the start of the French Open last year, during which time the two have been linked romantically though neither has confirmed the relationship.
Later, Mouratoglou responded telling the Guardian, “I don’t think anything about it [about what Sharapova said]. My role is to think about tennis and to help Serena be the best she can be and do what she wants to achieve. I’m just here for tennis.”
Sounds like he’s not denying the romance!
If the Serena-Sharapova rivalry is one-sided on the court, off the court it’s now Sharapova with lead. Let’s see how Serena responds.
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