This is the greatest rivalry in women’s tennis — a feud which flows as powerfully off the court as on it.
Williams hadn’t expected that her comments would be made public — and was greatly embarrassed when they were. Step forward Bulgarian tennis heart-throb Dimitrov — sometimes known as Baby Fed because he reminds tennis fans of the great Roger Federer. I do make mistakes — like every human does — but the last relationship just was too much of a heartbreak for me. It was hard.’Sharapova said: ‘If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids.’ Mouratoglou, who has two children and an ex-wife, remains very much on the scene.
Insiders say he grew close to Serena in early 2012 — they knew each other because they were both being coached by Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou. Serena Williams has earned more money from the sport than any other — except one.
Then Dimitrov left Mouratoglou to join a different coach, at the same time dumping Serena and starting to date her young rival Sharapova, who was then the ‘It girl’ of tennis. A few weeks afterwards, in an interview in July 2012, She said bleakly: ‘I have given up on dating. Her total prize money to date comes to £44.6 million, with another £11.7 million on top from endorsements, her fashion line and a stake in the Miami Dolphins American football team (pictured) taking her total earnings to £56.3 million Her total prize money to date comes to £44.6 million, with another £11.7 million on top from endorsements, her fashion line and a stake in the Miami Dolphins American football team (pictured), taking her total earnings to £56.3 million.
Since then she has only beaten her on one other occasion.
After their last meeting, through evidently gritted teeth, Sharapova said: ‘I love every time that I step on the court against her because she’s the best. I’m proud to play in the same era as her.’Like many tennis players, Sharapova distances herself from others when on tour.
‘The locker room is my least favourite place in the world,’ she has said.
The depths of enmity between her and Serena Williams became apparent when Williams gave an interview in 2013 to Rolling Stone magazine.
Added to that, Sharapova’s boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov, was once Serena’s lover. Sadly, her gorgeous feather dress which is a wonderfully ostentatious fashion statement for a big night out is not available to buy.
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