The world of tennis has seen some intense rivalries over the last hundred odd years, but none as bitter as the one between Sharapova and Serena.
The Russian, who moved to the United States when she was seven, states in her book that she was never enamoured or overawed by the Williams sisters.
Tennis star Venus Williams, 37, will not face any criminal charges in relation to a June fatal traffic accident she was involved in near her Florida residence, that led to the death of 78-year-old Jerome Barson.In July, video evidence surfaced that showed that Williams entered the intersection lawfully, and that a car not involved in the collision forced Williams to stop in the intersection, police said...The Williams sisters have a long history of intense and fierce on-court competition.Jelena Ostapenko, ranked 47 — won the US Open title.Brad Gilbert, a former tennis great and TV analyst says, “Serena Williams has wiped out the field.” With her recent break from tennis, interest in the women’s game has therefore waned.”Humour apart, women’s tennis has, over the years, ridden on the back of some great rivalries: Margaret Court versus Billie Jean King, Chris Evert versus Navratilova and Steffi Graf versus Monica Seles.
Then there were those who battled against the Williams sisters in the ‘90s, like Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters etc.
She says she even refused to stand, like the others, when Serena entered the 2002 Wimbledon Champions Ball.
Serena Williams, with 23 Grand Slam singles titles under her belt, is arguably the greatest female tennis player of all time.
In the early 1990s, Dutch tennis star, Richard Krajicek put his foot in his mouth when he said that 80 percent of women’s tennis players were ‘fat, lazy pigs’.
When challenged, he said, “I am sorry that was exaggerated.
But injuries and early retirements have robbed women’s tennis of some potentially great match-ups.