Maria Sharapova: Serena Williams called me a ‘little bitch’ after I beat her in 2004

Women final - Roland Garros 2013

Maria Sharapova’s comeback has been pretty bumpy, to say the least. In early 2016, Sharapova was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance, a Russian over-the-counter heart medication called meldonium. Sharapova had been taking it for years, but meldonium had only been added to the banned-substance list in 2016. Long story short, she was banned for about Fourteen months and was set to make her triumphant return in April, for the clay season. Ever since, Maria has only won a handful of matches, and she’s retired – citing injury – several times. She also withdrew from Wimbledon, she withdrew from Cincinnati, and it’s believed that she’s will try to make a big splash at the US Open (ten bucks says she ends up retiring in the first or second round though).

This was not how it was supposed to go for Maria, especially with her main rival/nemesis Serena Williams on maternity leave. You can tell that Maria’s team thought she would be in the midst of a massive comeback tour on clay, grass and hard courts. That’s why Maria and her team have scheduled so much other stuff around Maria’s “comeback,” including the publication of her memoir, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, which will be released in September following the US Open. Excerpts from the memoir are already coming out, and wouldn’t you know? Maria addresses her rivalry with Serena. Maria believes (correctly) that Serena vowed to never lose to Maria again after Maria beat Serena at Wimbledon in 2004. Maria also claims that Serena called her a “little bitch.”

Maria Sharapova has lifted the lid on her long-running feud with Serena Williams in a sensational extract from her upcoming autobiography, even suggesting that she helped motivate her to become the greatest female tennis player of all time.

In the extract, Sharapova recounts her first meeting with Williams at the age of 17 when she shocked the world to win the Wimbledon title. Afterwards, the now 30-year-old claims she witnessed Williams crying in the locker room, a scene that she believes motivated the American to reach new heights and never lose like that again, even calling Sharapova a ‘b****’ for good measure.

As revealed by People Magazine, she wrote: ‘Serena and I should be friends; we have the same passion. But we are not. I think, to some extent, we have driven each other. Maybe that’s what it takes. Only when you have that intense antagonism can you find the strength to finish her off. Who knows? Someday, when all this is in our past, maybe we’ll become friends. When the match was over, Serena hugged me. She said something like, “Good job”. And smiled. But she could not have been smiling on the inside. 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.’

‘People often wonder why I have had so much trouble beating Serena; my record against her is 2 and 19. To me, the answer was in this locker room. I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon. But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. Not long after the tournament, I heard Serena told a friend – who then told me – “I will never lose to that little b**** again”.’

Williams, now 35, went on to win 17 more Grand Slams after that Wimbledon loss, taking her total to 23 – the most wins by a tennis player in the Open Era – while Sharapova won just four more Grand Slams in the proceeding years.

[From Metro]

There’s a lot to unpack there. I take issue with the fact that Maria casts herself as the “skinny kid” underdog who knew too much about Serena’s sadness. Like, Serena hates to lose. Everyone knows this. She always hates to lose. She cries after she loses. The fact that Maria heard Serena cry? Many players have heard Serena cry, just as millions of people have seen Serena scream and lose her temper and carry all of her emotions on her sleeve. Sure, I could see why Serena would have made a vow to herself that day that she would never again lose to Maria. But that says more about Serena than Maria, and it’s a story for Serena’s memoir, not Maria’s, you know? Maria’s memoir should be called Stoppable: How I Lost to Serena 19 Times. As for Serena calling Maria a “little bitch.” I believe it and I laughed. Good luck in Flushing Meadows, Maria!


Sony Open Women's Final Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs Serena Williams (USA)

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  1. D says:

    “a little bitch”…If the shoe fits

    • Missy says:

      That was my thought. She wasn’t wrong in her assessment..

      • Lucytunes says:

        …same. First thought was “…and?…”

      • tty says:

        I’m not even into tennis but I watched one match and after listening to her (obviously intentional) moaning to piss the opponent off for an hour I hate her with a passion.

    • helonearth says:


      And how is Serena her main rival? A rival is someone you compete with at the same level. Serena has beaten her 19 times to two – that’s not a rival that’s a superior player kicking your butt!

    • HH says:

      My first thought was “That’s disappointing. But I’ve never had to lose at such a public level (nor am I competitive). However, I kept reading and got over it. C’mon, Maria. How you gonna tell a story where you’re the one that’s slighted and STILL come off as unlikeable?

    • Yup, Me says:

      She should have said “Little punk ass bitch.”

      I’d be extraordinarily upset if I lost to someone this basic and mediocre, too. I’d also be displeased, in Serena’s place, if I was as badass and awesome in my field as Serena is and some little nothing who had a fraction of my skill, talent and power but just happened to have an appearance that appealed to racist, capitalist, heteronormative and patricarchal ideals of beauty was compared to me as if she were on my level.

      Bitch, sit down. Be humble.

    • Janetdr says:

      My take away is that Serena did not call Maria anything, but behaved appropriately in public. How she may have spoken of Maria in private is not really that news worthy.

  2. Milla says:

    I have respect for both of them. Amazing discipline and much bad press yet they made it.

    • Luca76 says:

      yes they are exactly the same except one of them used performance enhancing drugs and hasn’t been able to win since getting caught and the other has the best record in tennis even winning a grand slam while pregnant.

      • Tanya says:

        Yes, Luca. Yes.

      • Shambles says:

        Lucia, yep. She used performance enhancing drugs, so maybe she is a little b*tch.

        Plus, I have a lot of issues with her saying “she didn’t like me because I was a skinny kid” because it sounds a WHOLE lot like “she was mad that she got beaten by a white girl”

      • Milla says:

        She paid the price literally. She used a substance which became illegal few month prior to the scandal. Give her a break. They worked for their successes since they were toddlers. One is Russian and we all know how much love they get from the west. Serena is black and we all know how much racist people are.

        They are not the same but i respect that they are women who fight for their dreams. Of course they are not perfect. And no one should expect them to be.

      • Merritt says:


        No, she doesn’t deserve a break. She was made aware of the change. she just thought she was above following the policy.

      • Anna says:

        Exactly @Luca !!!!

    • MC2 says:

      Yea except for the banned drugs she took & then seemed to not take accountability. I hear that it’s not as bad as a McQuire but she cheated & then fluffed it off on others. My respect for Maria is was low & now it’s nill.

      ETA: I should refresh before comments & didn’t see Luca’s. So…what she said 🙂

  3. Nicole says:

    I mean I believe it. And she’s certainly held to her word. Maybe Serena is mad because a skinny blonde girl who is leagues behind her makes more money on endorsements. I would be

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      I doubt Serena is mad or jealous of Meldonium Shamelesspova gaining more money through endorsements. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is who is the better player. Serena’s results are outstanding and Meldonium Shamelesspova is most likely jealous of Serena. and not the other way around. Serena has titles, battled her way through in this uber-privileged sport as a black woman, and earned every single cent through sweat and maybe tears. Serena is rich in spirit, ambition, titles, and money. Meldonium Shamelesspova can take a seat.

      • Nicole says:

        I don’t think it’s about the money for her. I think it’s about how people considered sharapova on her level after one slam. It was (and still is) ridiculous

      • Bellagio DuPont says:

        @ pumpkin

        One of the reasons I’m obsessed with this site is the glorious names ……. ….Meldolium Shamelesspova????!!!

        Absolute genius.


    • Annetommy says:

      That’s the capitalist system. It’s not a meritocracy. I believe Sharapova’s the highest “earning” female athlete, and there are many outstanding champions who get very little sponsorship. Some of it is undoubtedly for racist reasons, some is because the athlete is not considered attractive or appealing enough. Woods got massive endorsements and was allegedly on the way to bring the first sports billionaire. His extra curricular activities and subsequent massive drop in form have scuppered that no doubt.

      • Betty says:

        That only applies in women sports, With men it is different, Black men were always the highest paid in their fields. If Serena did not say that to her face why would she mention it.
        Serena has been beat by lesser opponents Undoubtedly she needs to mention Serena name in order to sell her book, But Serena still reigns and IS the highest paid female athlete

  4. Merritt says:

    Serena is also a much better player and despite Maria choosing to dope, she still couldn’t beat Serena.

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      Spot on ! How ironic.

      And Kaiser, excellent choice of posting only pics of the two with Serena winning over Shamelesspova !

    • Diana B says:

      I kinda read it like delusional Sharapova was saying she felt bad for Serena’s unconsolable display of emotion and since then hasn’t play her best level in refence to that. Like she felt sorry for her and that’s why she hasn’t beat her? Am I crazy?

      • Lady D says:

        Yes, it was sympathy for Serena that led MS to losing her sooooo many time. /s
        Turns out MS is a real hero for allowing Serena some joy after her agony of losing to Maria. Delusional indeed.

  5. Reglagonz says:

    She’s clearly showing that she truly is “a little bitch!” Stay gone!!

    • Bellagio DuPont says:

      Lol…..I really enjoy this kind of bitterness, bitchiness and shade in sports; it brings so much texture to the games. Otherwise it’s just a couple of idiots hitting a ball repeatedly. 😀👍

  6. Clare says:

    An athlete – not matter who they are and how amazing they are – calling an opponent a ‘little bitch’ after a loss is just bad sportsmanship.

    • V4Real says:

      A lot of athletes do it and it’s usually nothing personal. I’m not saying it’s right but it comes with the territory. Welcome to sports. I’ve even done it and it wasn’t personal.

      My issue is why is Maria spilling now. Is it just to make people interested in her book. This was 2004. I think she also just want the world to know that ha, I made Serena cry that time I beat her. Serena is riding high and this woman can’t stand it. Yes, Serena has her faults, who doesn’t. But she’s never tested positive for substance like Maria which can cast a doubt on the few wins she did pull off. Girl just sounds obsessed and jealous of Serena.

      • Ellie says:

        I played competitive sports for years and trained with world champs and two Olympians. We never used such language. I was a figure skater. You’d get kicked out of the rink for talking like that. What sport did you play, V4Real?

        I think calling someone a female dog is low. Revealing that you heard someone crying in the locker room is low, too. Neither athlete was at her shining moment.

      • teacakes says:

        @Ellie – not speaking for V4Real but that kind of language is rife at football matches, even the most mild-mannered players have been known to swear like sailors.

        I mean, even Fernando Torres called someone a ‘wanker’ on the pitch during his early days at Liverpool, and he wasn’t the aggro type. And that’s to say nothing of the actually volatile ones like Zidane etc. So yeah, bad language in sport isn’t rare at all. (Don’t even get me started on cricket and sledging)

      • detritus says:

        @ Ellie, sometimes I think its more common among people who don’t play sports at a high level. Or perhaps only in sports that are super male testosterone dominated, so it creates a sort of mob mentality? I swam, and name calling wouldn’t fly. In wrestling it was considered kind of cheap to do that too.

        Hockey though, it seems chirping is par for the course and expected.

      • V4Real says:

        @Ellie I played basketball, volleyball, softball and ran track. And I never said I said it to their face. But yes I have said that ass hole struck me out to my teammates. I have said I can’t believe I let this mofo block my shot . And yes I have trash talk to opponents and they trash talk to me as well. Perhaps figure skating is not like some sports where you and your opponent are on the field, track or ice at the same time.

        Pretending that you’re so pure that you have never called a person a bitch before even if it’s behind their back is not honest. And why use the calling a woman a female dog argument to prove what someone is saying is so wrong. But I have even called a male a bitch before in sports. Have you ever called someone an ass because then you are calling them a donkey.

      • Sarah says:

        Ellie, if you look at this again, Serena said this to a friend later, not to Maria to her face. Serena is allowed to have opinions, no??

    • Merritt says:

      Doping when you can’t play as well as your competitors is also poor sportsmanship. But Maria doesn’t want people to think about that.

    • detritus says:

      She didn’t do it to her face though, it sounds like she was talking to a friend and lil miss eavesdropper just ‘overheard’.

      Granted maybe Serena was doing one of those talking indoors in outdoors voice so the skinny little b*tch will hear sort of thing?

      Situation A Serena is fine. Sitation B Serena is being a bit of a cow.

    • TQB says:

      I agree, had Serena said it to her face or within earshot. She did not. She said it to a third party, who chose to tell Maria, without context. Lots of people say lots of nasty words when talking to friends; my husband and I swear like sailors after our kid goes to bed.

    • WTW says:

      It’s not bad sportsmanship to call a rival that while talking to a friend. It would be if Serena had gone up to Maria and said that, but that’s not what Maria is saying. I think you’re not being honest if you think most people don’t call their rivals, whether in the workplace or on the tennis court, insulting names while venting. Serena is a human being.

  7. Allie B. says:

    Everyone name calls in sports.

    • Odette says:

      I know, right!? I’m a bit shocked that folks are clutching their pearls over this. These are professional athletes. They are hyper competitive, and pretty much trained to blow off steam in the locker room. When I heard about this “little bitch” quip yesterday, my reaction was, “And?”

      Not to mention this:

    • Clare says:

      Sorry, but that’s akin to a ‘lockeroom talk’ defence.

      • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

        Locker room talk defense = downplaying sexual assault. A crime punishable by law.

        Trash talking an opponent behind their back has been done since the beginning of sports. Everyone who has played sports has done it, everyone. Even the sweetest person. Just not in your opponent’s face or on stage. Which Serena did not do. She congratulated her and was nice. In private she trashed talked her to a friend-second hand information. I will bet you a trillion dollars that she has done the same to Serena a thousand times over. Sounds like she’s obsessed IMO, she is stuck in that time period like a has-been ex-high school athlete. Al Bundi flashbacks. She is getting coverage now not for her own name but for her opponents. It’s a bit sad and desperate. Serena I hope doesn’t answer and give her the attention she’s seeking.

      • Ange says:

        Oh lord. Somehow I doubt a lot of these commenters have even played sport at any meaningful level. There’s nothing wrong as long as a person is being respectful during the game and having a vent after. As long as Serena wasn’t trash talking publicly (and she didn’t even say this to Maria’s face!) what’s the big deal? I’m sure Maria has said similar over time and it’s pretty much a given in any competitive, driven environment.

      • otaku fairy says:

        A woman casually calling her rival a little bitch in a private conversation with a gossipy friend is nowhere near the same as a man bragging to another man about being able to get away with sexual assault. You probably already know that. Not the best sportsmanship, but not nearly as big as what you’re comparing it to.

    • noway says:

      No it is not the same locker room defense. You know why, because as opposed to Trump this was a locker room and both are athletes. Provided Serena actually said this, she didn’t call her a sexist or racist name or espouse a sexist or racist view she called her a curse word because she lost a match. Granted not very pretty, but not the same thing as the locker room defense used by Trump, not even close.

      I kind of believe this idea from Maria, anyone seen the Gatorade commercial with Michael Jordan, Matt Ryan, and Serena Williams among others. Starts with asking you know what makes a champion, Jordan says not being picked for your varsity team, Serena says losing the most anticipated match in history, and others say similar things then it ends with idea that you make your previous defeat your inspiration to work harder to win. Pretty good commercial and pretty much the same idea. Who knows maybe Maria will be in the next one and it will all be a PR ploy from Gatorade. Too cynical I guess, but wouldn’t be surprised.

  8. rachel says:

    “Unstoppable : My life so far” Lmao what kind of title is this?

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      A totally deluded title. Her life so far includes the doping scandal and not been allowed to play. So she is totally stoppable, by her own doing. If she takes pride or alludes to her come back after the doping scandal, she is deluded *and* confused.

  9. burnsie says:

    Why is Maria so obsessed with Serena? This is getting weird, like Trump’s rage boner for Obama. Maria’s doing and saying anything for attention

    • Fiorucci says:

      Well she has a book to sell!

      • Carrie says:

        @Bellagio thanks for that, I haven’t followed this closely, don’t know entire career of any of today’s greats.

        This is such a mess. Hopefully Serena is just brushing this off for now. I wish Maria well but this book is not good it sounds like. Maria will get it in time I hope.

        Reminds me a bit of Chris Evert. She was often pitted against Martina Navratilova, mostly because of her looks. But I much preferred Martina – she was a gifted player.

  10. Lalu says:

    Should this be shocking? Just sounds like a competitive person. Nothing really personal. I have called people all manners of names. Most of the time, it has nothing to do with the other person… Just the situation.

  11. V4Real says:

    Oh girl spill what you must to sell that book. Serena is riding high on love and life so now you have to open your mouth about something that happened in 2004 to try to cast darkest over her happiest. Your skinny blonde ban substance testing ass can have several seats.

    • The Original Mia says:

      *claps* Say it again! Serena doesn’t gaf. She’s happy with Alex & her pregnancy. Nothing Maria says is gonna bring her down. Maria would need to beat her for Serena to care about Maria again.

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  12. Maria F. says:

    it’s interesting how Maria portrays her losses like she is doing the opponent a favour. You lost 19 times because you were not as good as Serena, no matter what her motivations might be. GTFOOH.

    And we only have Maria’s view point about the ‘little bitch’ comment. We do not know how she interacted with Serena. Some women are very good at being two faced and apparently welcoming and forthcoming on the surface…..

    • Diana B says:

      Right? like she felt bad about Serena so that’s why she kept losing. That’s how I read it.

  13. HK9 says:

    The fact that she actually wrote this down means she is a little bitch. She’s a messy bitch to be precise and no I’m not going to forget that she doped and continues to lie about it.

  14. hindulovegod says:

    Maria Sharapova has no credibility and is desperate to remain relevant. Doing it on the back of a more talented, successful black woman is abhorrent. But I be expect little else from her.

  15. Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

    “Stoppable: How I Lost to Serena 19 Times.”

    Amazing title, *and* SPOT ON !

    Meldonium Shamelesspova is probably my least favorite athlete. I always found her uber-fake and boring. But after the meldonium episode I found her plain nasty, again uber-fake, liar, manipulative, and I just don’t think she belongs in the sport. I can’t stand her, but I would watch her lose matches though. With my TV on mute.

  16. Patricia says:

    Skinny little women thinking that every woman with weight and curves and heft just hates and it’s wildly jealous of skinny women. Hell no, not everyone aspires to be a skinny little thing! I’m sure being skinny is the last thing on Serena’s mind, her body is an amazing powerhouse.

    Anyway Maria needs to get all the way over it. Who gives a crap? So she called you a little bitch? Good lord lady are you really this sensitive?

    • Originaltessa says:

      In every photo, Maria looks huge. Bigger than Serena. I have no idea what she’s talking about. She’s a big strong girl, an athlete… not some dainty little waif.

      • Naddie says:

        I don’t know… I think Maria is big only in height (judging by these pics only), while Serena has solid and defined muscles.

      • Fiorucci says:

        Yes originaltessa Maria is surely taller as these photos are on the court thus no one is in heels. but in weight, muscle, boobs, Serena is bigger and Maria is thin for an athlete and also has a smaller face

    • otaku fairy says:

      Maria does come off as smug, passive-aggressive, and humble-braggy throwing in the ‘skinny girl’ part. The whole thing comes across as thirsty on her part, but I can’t totally blame someone for being a little thirsty when they’ve got a book to sell.

  17. Shelley says:

    Her memory with name calling is great, shame she could not keep track of her meds.

    • BeamMeUpScottie says:


    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      LOL !!!

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      In fact, medication known to enhance physical performance and she took it in purpose, although she did not suffer from the conditions that medication is prescribed for. Cheater and liar.

      • Another Nina says:

        In fact, this Latvian medication is called differently in Russia, it’s mildronat, and that’s why, supposedly, she did not stop taking this medication for 26 days that it was banned (her team did not register that it was the same med, which is not an excuse though.) And yes, she took this medication for 10 years as did all athletes in former USSR as it was widely prescribed to prevent heart condition…And yes, her mom was pregnant with Maria at the time Of Chernobyl and they lived somewhere very close to it, and as a result of this exposure, Maria does have certain health problems… In my opinion, tHat doping scandal dealed more with political issues rather than sports ones. So, I believe that you are over exaggerating the issue.

    • truthSF says:

      Oh Shelly, you win with that burn!!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🤣🤣🤣

  18. Ninks says:

    It’s almost as if now that she’s not taking PEDs, Maria Sharapova isn’t such a brilliant tennis player.

  19. detritus says:

    If this is true, I kinda dont blame her at all. If I had thighs, general physique and talent like Serena, I would be pissed a wannabe model who is more famous for the amount of people who want to bang her than anything else, beat me.

    Caveat, while I am also a huge stickler for sportsmanship and do not believe in name calling your opponent names, I would also like to believe Maria is a thirsty eaves and name dropping ninny, because its on brand and I don’t like her.

    • mary says:

      and it sounds like she was talking about it within the confines of a private conversation with one other person. its only unfounded gossip at this point, serena could have not even said it for all maria knows!

      • Gugu says:

        So offensive things are only bad if said in public? That would open a lot of floodgates

        Serena has shown terrible sportmanship on multiple occasions. Its one thing to be competitive and it’s another to be ugly.
        Calling someone a btch for performing better than you is ugly

    • Maple Girl says:

      I’m not a fan of her, but reducing Maria Šarapova to a mere model is a bit much. She’s not Ana Kurnjikova.

      I get that Serena is untouchable here, but her personality has always been bad. She’s a great sportswoman, but she does have faults.

      • detritus says:

        it is possible i mix the two of them up into one blonde? which one dated Enrique?

      • Fiorucci says:

        Détruis Anna did and shes gorgeous! She and he were a very beautiful couple

      • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

        *Were* a beautiful couple? They are not together anymore? I read somewhere they got married in secret.

      • Fiorucci says:

        Pumpkin I haven’t followed, thought they were over but that was long ago. That could be true! And imagine the babies

      • magnoliarose says:

        I am not a fan of Maria and never have been but she is no Anna K in the looks department. Not even close. She does have more talent but her rep isn’t as a sweetheart either.

      • Another Nina says:

        Seriously, Anna is such a stereotypical Muscovite that I could never understand what’s so special about her…You could find a similar looking girl in every subway car in Moscow metro area…

  20. mary says:

    serena is one of the most amazing athletes of our lifetime. and maria got busted for doping? bye maria

  21. Alexis says:

    Yeah I wouldn’t want to be called a little bitch either but like…this whole thing stinks. Why is she bringing this up? It’s sports you know? If this is all Serena has done to Maria…it’s nothing. Athletes get RILED UP about their game. It’s all pretty concern trolly and contextless.

    • mary says:

      yeah and serena allegedly said this in a private conversation with someone else. it’s not like she was on the press circuit trash talking her. she probably thought she was confiding her frustration in someone and they gossiped about it to Maria, IF it is even true. i’ve said far worse about people, heck you should hear me talk about my boyfriend when i’m mad at him. seriously, maria is being a totally over reacting whiner here. she comes off as pathethic and jealous of serena. Serena’s story and life and skill is inspiring. She is one of the best athletes of our lifetime, (and the awesome thing is you don’t have to qualify her as one of the best FEMALE athletes of our lifetime—homegirl is just straight up one of the best athletic HUMANs to walk the earth and i just think that is awesome)

  22. Reef says:

    How is this a rivalry? The last time Maria beat Serena was 13 years ago. We’ve had 3 election cycles since then. I like how the fact she’s lost to Serena so many times is no fault of her own. A friend of Serena’s told Maria Serena said that “lil bitch” comment, huh? I hope that friend is no longer in Serena’s circle if true.

  23. abby says:

    From another excerpt of the memoir Sharapova didn’t even hear what Serena allegedly said but a friend supposedly overheard and told Maria. Maria says as much. So she’s peddling second-hand gossip. I mean there are so many to choose from but Olympics it is.
    Besides this was in the locker room where players expect privacy. Maria is kind of breaking that code. Tell us Maria, did you cry after after that a$$ whooping at the Olympics in 2012? Something tells me you’ll keep that thrashing to yourself.

    Anyway, is it right for Serena to call her a b#tch? No.
    But this is sports. Compare to the behavior in other sports. People cuss all the time. Even Federer but he is sly enough to use one his many languages so he often gets away with it.
    Why do people expect perfect manners from female athletes?
    Anyway, clearly Serena made good on her vow starting with AO 2005.
    Damn, now I think I’ll watch that Olympics match just for the giggles.

  24. mogul says:

    You know what I find weird, Maria isn’t liked by any of the other female players. They all despise her and publicly call her out of her name, even former players don’t like her. But the Williams sisters get along with most of the opponents, they still friendly with Clijsters and Henin. Even Marion Bartoli cited Serena as a close friend during an interview while at the French Open. Maria is even hated by the male players and East-European players. They all rejoiced when she tested positive, even sport journalists were mocking her fall from grace. Why are you so hated, Maria? That should be her story, the title of her book should’ve been “Despicable Me: The true athletic story”.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I wonder too. When someone is so universally despised, you have to believe that maybe, just maybe, there is a good reason.

    • Another Nina says:

      What makes you think that Maria is universally hated by players? I know that her father coach behaved repulsively during competitions, yelling “kill her”, etc., so it was a bit of distraction to play against her if you pay attention to such things. Other than that, she is a regular successful rich tennis player…

    • magnoliarose says:

      Thank you! I don’t know why she doesn’t talk about that part. I highly doubt anyone even said that to her. Why doesn’t she expose all of the other players who can’t stand her? She’s got a Leyton Hewitt problem.

  25. Katy says:

    I met Venus and Serena at a McDonald’s charity function in DC and they were horrible. They showed up with an entourage who were drinking alcohol out of soda cans and instead of just getting drinks at the event they asked the bartender to fill up their soda cans. They were also rude to everyone.

  26. purple prankster says:

    didn’t Maria say she’s not interested in making friends? does she have any friends among the tennis players?

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      I remember her saying she is not interested in making friends on the circuit.
      There are tennis friendships though, I can only remember Serena and Caro Wozniacki now.

  27. Dumbledork says:

    They both are far from perfect. Read Serena’s comments on the Steubenville rape case if you really want to get disgusted. But why Sharapova is bringing this up now is pretty ridiculous. You lost. She’s better than you. Get over it.

    • Ksenia says:

      Yes, those comments of Serena’s on the rape case are why I still detest Serena as a person. Of course, she’s a legendary player, but it sure hasn’t made her a nice person.

    • otaku fairy says:

      That comment is the only problem I’ve had with Serena (but I don’t pay much attention to sports).

  28. Veronica says:

    Bad sportsmanship? Probably. Serena’s always had a temper on her when she’s still revved up from a game. But honestly, I’ll take an unfriendly insult over the garbage we let male athletes get away with.

  29. Luca76 says:

    First off their is no rivalry. A rivalry would have to mean Sharapova would win sometimes and she only won against Serena twice and lost 17 times. She is a blip on Serena’s record. Second Serena didn’t do anything wrong in this scenario. Maria heard through the grapevine that in an off the cuff moment Serena called her a little bitch (which she is but that’s besides the point). However we don’t even know if thats true. Friend could just be a shit stirrer making up stuff. Anyway McEnroe said worse on court and no one actually cared. The only thing I want to read about is Maria owning up to her PED use. Thats it.

  30. Wow says:


    And I bet Maria has called Serena something even worse.

  31. Frigga says:

    Looks like someone is desperate.

  32. A says:

    It feels like she’s trying to spin it as Serena putting her down so she can’t perform at her best because she’s still too traumatized by it and it’s like?? ????? Girl. Stop.

    • Another Nina says:

      No, she just implies that there were times when Serena took her seriously enough to cry about the game. I think that they do get on each other’s nerves but it’s more on a personal level. It’s Serena’s era and Maria is just one of the players, who happens to be Serena’s contemporary.

  33. Ziki Fly says:

    This seems like a whole lot of nothing. Maybe Serena should not yell at linespeople, etc. but that’s unrelated. Basically what she’s saying is 1) Serena once cried heavily in a locker room after losing. This is hardly a big deal. It almost seems like she’s criticizing Serena for holding it together on court and losing it in the locker room, which is absurd. 2) Serena said something to a FRIEND who then repeated it to Sharapova. It’s not like Serena called her a little bitch in front of 50 people. Sounds like Serena vented to a friend. Big deal. I’m sure many people have vented to friends about people they don’t like at work.

  34. Mar says:

    I call people bitches all of the time.

  35. magnoliarose says:

    She makes it sound like it was said to her face. I don’t think there is an adult in the world who hasn’t said things about people behind their back. I played sports in high school, and we used to talk serious trash about the other team. 15 minutes later we were over it and going out to eat.
    Maria could fill a book with the things people on the circuit have said about her. For a time the other Russian players were pissed off at her. Serena has flaws but I hope she talks mostly about her own in her book about herself.

    • Another Nina says:

      I believe that your interpretation is entirely wrong. It’s not that Sharapova got traumatized by being called a bitch. After all, she is a tough girl, who lived on her own in a foreign country since the ripe age of 10ish or so. What she means is that their initial rivalry, in some way, helped to form that legendary Serena that we all know…

  36. Catherine says:

    SHE IS A LITTLE BITCH #serena4ever👑

  37. perplexed says:

    She said she “heard” from a friend that Serena said this, but it doesn’t seem to be confirmed. Anyway, I thought this was going to be a story about what she said in a public forum, but whatever Serena says in her private life about a rival is her business, imo.

  38. Rebecca says:

    Who cares really. When you’re competitive you talk smack sometimes. You should hear what I call people just when I lose at cards.

    It happens.

  39. Sara says:

    I hate that word, and I wish women (and men of course) would stop using it.

  40. Alisha says:

    @Ellie – girl, what rink did you train at? I’m over here LMAO at your assertion that figure skaters are above that. I trained at Lake Arrowhead (home of Michelle Kwan) in the 90s and you wouldn’t believe the sh*t that went on there.

  41. ash says:

    maria….. girl stop

    so now you gonna take cred for motivating serena…. NOT TODAY Satan lol