Serena Williams: Maria Sharapova hits back at 'hearsay’ comments after French Open exit
Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were due to face one another in the fourth round of this year’s French Open before the latter pulled out because of a pectoral muscle injury.
And ahead of their 22nd meeting Williams, on Saturday, the American called Sharapova’s book "100 percent hearsay" and "disappointing”, taking issue with a passage that described the post-match locker room after the Wimbledon final in 2004 after the Russian had pulled off the stunning upset.
And when asked for her thoughts on Williams’ comments, Sharapova said: “Well, I think it would be strange for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years.
Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open with injury
“I think there is a lot of autobiographies out in the world, especially in the sporting world, that don't necessarily speak about whether they were rivals or someone they competed against.
“And I think we played many matches. Some of those matches were very defining for me.
“It would be very strange, I think, if I didn't write anything about her. I think everyone would ask me questions, as well.
“So I'm not entirely sure how to go about that answer.
“When you're writing an autobiography, I don't think there is any reason to write anything that's not true.”
Despite gaining a free passage into the quarter-finals, Sharapova’s French Open campaign ended this afternoon, losing to Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-1.