Maria Sharapova on Serena Williams spat: Let’s move on

June 24, 2013

Maria Sharapova advanced with a first-round victory Monday. (Adrian Dennis / AFP Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova, from now on, is conserving her strength for the courts at Wimbledon.

After she won her first-round match against Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets, Sharapova was asked about her war of words with Serena Williams and declared a truce in their tiff.

“I have said everything that I wanted to say about the issue,” Sharapova said (via the Evening Standard) after her win.

“This is my work. This is my job. I would really appreciate it if we move on. Our job is to go out on the court and work and try to win matches and nothing else. That is the most important thing to me in my life right now.”

Sharapova, the third seed, beat Mladenovic 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 and would not play Williams until the finals, if both can get there. In addition to Mladenovic, Sharapova had to get pas repeated questions stemming from her response to Williams’s comments in a Rolling Stone interview, comments that the reporter surmised were about Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov.

“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,” Sharapova said Saturday, referring to Williams’s relationship with her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.

That put the ball back in Williams’s court and, on Sunday, Williams said she had personally apologized to Sharapova at a players’ party “because she was inadvertently brought into the situation by assumptions made by the reporter.”

Sharapova would not say Monday whether Williams had indeed personally apologized and she was repeatedly asked if she was pals with other tennis players.

“I think everyone just thinks because we’re tennis players we should be the greatest of friends. But ultimately tennis is just a very small part of what we do,” Sharapova said. “There’s so many other things that we’re interested in.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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