Russian Maria Sharapova once again made headlines for her spat with Serena Williams. When asked to explain the reasons behind her comments towards the World no. 1, Sharapova stated candidly that while she has the sincerest respect for the American’s on-court ability and accomplishments, matters are not quite so simple off court.
The issue between the two stars stems from an interview that Williams gave to Rolling Stone prior to Wimbledon, where she appeared to take a slight dig at Sharapova’s relationship with Bulgarian no. 1 Grigor Dimitrov. In response, Sharapova snapped back by mentioning Serena’s more secret relationship with coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.
“The thing is, I didn’t say anything that was not true, so it’s not like some secret she told me that I gave out to the world. I said something that everyone knew, except no one expected me to say it,” Sharapova said in her New York Times interview. “On the court, I have the utmost respect for her; I really do. [Off the court] it’s different…”
Sharapova insists that she does not have any intentions to lie or mask her emotions when at a press conference. If she is confronted with a hard question, she will answer it with blunt honesty.
“I’ve kept my mouth shut a lot of times in my career, you know, but I’m an open book really The things I say at my press conferences, I don’t lie. I don’t pretend. I respect where respect is due. I speak bad of my game and of myself when I feel I deserve it. I’m very honest,”
Sharapova is scheduled to make her professional return at the Brisbane International on December 31.