One day after Maria Sharapova dug her nails into Serena Williams about comments made in a recent Rolling Stone article, the world’s top-ranked player was amazingly contrite during her pre-Wimbledon press session on Sunday.
Williams said she sought Maria out during a party on Thursday to apologize for remarks about her rivals’ love life—remarks that were overheard and reported by the Rolling Stone writer. Obviously that didn’t soothe things over with Sharapova, who said on Saturday:
“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. Talk about other things, but not draw attention to other things.”
Of course, most of the comments directed at Williams during her press session were about Sharapova and other controversial comments made about the 16-year-old victim in the Steubenville, OH rape case:
“It definitely hasn’t been easy. And I feel like I really wanted to say: I apologize for everything that was said in that article.
“I made it a point to reach out to Maria. … I said, `Look, I want to personally apologize to you if you are offended by being brought into my situation. I want to take this moment to … be open, say I’m very sorry.’
“Williams—ranked No. 1 in the world and the top seed at Wimbledon—and Sharapova (N0. 3 seed) are on opposite ends of the the draw and can’t meet until the finals.
And if they were to meet in the finals of a second straight grand slam event (Williams beat Sharapova in the French Open final earlier this month).?
Can you say cat fight?