I’m so lucky’ — it’s so boring,” Williams told the magazine.
During a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Williams mocked a top-five player who many assumed was Sharapova, given that, at the time, she was enjoying the honeymoon phase of her relationship with Dimitrov.
(The pair would split two years later.) “She begins every interview with ‘I’m so happy.
Wozniacki sniffed, “As athletes, we always make sure there’s nothing in it that could put us in a bad situation.” Petra Kvitová seconded that opinion, telling the Desert Sun newspaper, “We should all know what we are putting into our body.” Said Victoria Azarenka, “A lot of players are upset and disappointed.” Sharapova’s longtime rival, Williams, gave the closest thing to a pat on the back, saying, “[It] showed a lot of courage to admit to what she had done and what she had neglected to look at.” But perhaps the most damning commentary came from the woman long known as tennis’ sweetheart — 18-time Grand Slam champ and ESPN analyst Chris Evert.
“It’s hard to tell [the reaction from players] because Maria Sharapova has always isolated herself from the rest of the tennis world, from the players.
Reports of a vicious rivalry between the two have swirled for years.
After all, Sharapova began dating Dimitrov in 2013 — just after Serena reportedly ended a relationship with the handsome Bulgarian.
It paid off in 2002, when she first competed on the Women’s Tennis Association tour at age 15.
She won Wimbledon at 17 and, a year later, was ranked No. Since then, she’s claimed 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles, a feat topped among active players only by Serena and Venus Williams.
Three years later, in 1994, her parents moved to Florida — arriving with just 0 — at the encouragement of Martina Navratilova, who had seen the girl play at a tennis clinic in Moscow.
Sharapova’s father, Yuri, worked as a dishwasher to fund Maria’s lessons.
She doesn’t have a lot of close friendships on the tour.” As Sharapova told the Telegraph in 2013, “I’m not really close to many players.