Tensions between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams ran high at a pre-Wimbledon news conference on Saturday, as Sharapova criticized Williams’ boyfriend choice and her recent public comments.
Sharapova’s personal attacks come after Williams spewed some hostile remarks about Sharapova in a recent Rolling Stones article, according to the Huffington Post.
"She begins every interview with 'I'm so happy. I'm so lucky — it's so boring," said Williams in the Rolling stones interview, presumably about Sharapova, according to Sporting News. "She's still not going to be invited to the cool parties. And, hey, if she wants to be with the guy with a black heart, go for it."
Sharapova is currently dating one of Williams’s supposed exes.
At Saturday’s press conference, Sharapova said she respected Williams greatly as a tennis player “on the court.” But she struck harshly at her opponent’s personal choices.
"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. “Talk about other things, but not draw attention to other things."
Williams recently was quoted criticizing the actions of a 16-year-old girl who was raped by two high school football players. The case is the Steubenville, Ohio rape case.
“I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you — ”don’t take drinks from other people,” she said.
Williams continued on to say claim the rape victim was “lucky” because “it could have been much worse.”
“Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different,” Williams said.
Sharapova said she was disappointed in Williams for the way she responded to the case. Williams has since apologized for her comments.
Williams is currently ranked No. 1 at Wimbledon and Sharapova is ranked No. 2 going into the tournament. The two can only play each other in the final.