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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