“She Hated Me For…”: When Maria Sharapova Opened up on Feud With Serena Williams

Published 09/16/2021, 12:38 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 08: Serena Williams of United States of America lifts the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen next to Maria Sharapova of Russia after victory in the Women’s Singles Final match during day fourteen of French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


If anyone thinks that both Emma Raducanu and Daniil Medvedev winning the US Open titles was the huge surprise in recent times, tennis managed to give its fans an unexpected and a heartening gift immediately after the tournament’s conclusion at the Met Gala 2021. Long-time rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were all laughs and posed a striking photo together at the event.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States shakes hands with Maria Sharapova of Russia after defeating her in her Women’s Singles first round match during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova broke the internet with their picture at Met Gala 2021

While the achievements of Raducanu and Medvedev still hold the torch, this surprising patch up between two well-known rivals on and off the tennis court baffled fans as they went haywire on social media, sharing the priceless picture.

Sharapova was in New York last week when she witnessed the men’s singles final action between Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic on Sunday. While she was expected to be one of the best-dressed celebrities at the Met Gala, the camaraderie she shared with Serena came out of nowhere.

For the unknown, the feud between these two stars started way back in 2004, when a young Maria denied the Wimbledon title to Serena Williams. Since that victory, the Russian managed to beat Serena only one more time over the past 17 years.

The Russian dedicated several pages to Serena Williams in her autobiography titled, ‘Unstoppable: My Life so far’. Not to Serena due to her absolute dominance over Maria, but the Russian has always considered Serena as her biggest rival but couldn’t enjoy much success on-court.

TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 05: Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia during a first round match on Day 3 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 05, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

“She’s never forgiven me for it” – Sharapova wrote in autobiography about Serena

In her book, Sharapova wrote about the 2004 Wimbledon final where she defeated the American to clinch her first-ever major title.

What I heard when I came in to the locker room was Serena Williams bawling. Guttural sobs. I got out as quickly as I could, but she knew I was there. I think she hated me for seeing her at her lowest moment. But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. She’s never forgiven me for it”, quotes from Sharapova’s book.

LONDON – JULY 3: Maria Sharapova of Russia poses with her trophy after she won against Serena Williams of USA (R) in the ladies final match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on July 3, 2004 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in LondonSharapova won 6-1 6-4. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The duo went public several times regarding their rivalry and the equation they share with each other. But, Serena and Sharapova are definitely in a better place in their lives, personally and professionally as well.

Even though the Russian bid adieu to the game last year, she had different business ventures that keeps her busy. All in all, it was good to see two extremely dedicated tennis players, who shared a bitter relationship over the years, decided to bury their differences and be at peace with the company of each other.

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Maybe, they will play an exhibition match together sometime in the future, which will generate huge buzz amongst tennis fans just like the Met Gala photo did.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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