Serena hits back at next opponent Sharapova

Serena Williams admits she has was ruffled by Maria Sharapova’s autobiography, as the pair prepare to renew their rivalry at Roland Garros.

Williams and Sharapova will meet in a competitive encounter for the first time in two-and-a-half years after the pair each booked their place in the fourth round, in Paris.

Sharapova has won just two of their 21 matches – one of which was the 2004 Wimbledon final. The Russian chronicled that battle in some detail in her autobiography released last year; claiming that Williams was left sobbing loudly in the dressing room afterwards.

But after completing a 6-3, 6-4 third round win over Julia Goerges, in Paris, Williams hit back at those suggestions.

She said: “I think the book was 100 per cent hearsay, at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing.

“One of the things I always say, I feel like women, especially, should bring each other up. I wanted to read the book and I was really excited for it to come out and I was really happy for her.

“And then the book was a lot about me! I was surprised about that, to be honest. I didn’t expect to be reading a book about me, that wasn’t necessarily true.

“So I was like, ‘this is really interesting’. I didn’t know she looked up to me that much or was so involved in my career.”

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