By Ofonime Iboro
In her new memoir, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, tennis player Maria Sharapova reveals her rivalry with tennis star Serena Williams started when she walked into the clubhouse after the 2004 match in the U.K. and overheard Serena crying.
Maria had beaten Serena in the finals of the 2004 Wimbledon at the age of 17 and carried that with her as motivation throughout her career.
“I don’t think she’s ever forgiven me for it”- witnessing this “low and vulnerable moment,” Serena writes.
“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon. I think she hated me for taking something that she believed belonged to her. 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,” she writes.