Sharapova blasts Serena Williams over rape row


Russian tennis player, Maria Sharapova leaves the stand after watching Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays Dudi Sela of Israel during their Queen’s Club grass court championships first round tennis match in London, Monday, June 10, 2013. AP/Sang Tan

LONDON – Maria Sharapova blasted Serena Williams on Saturday for the American’s controversial comments over a high-profile rape case and even criticized the Wimbledon champion’s private life.

In an astonishing attack on the world number one, which comes just two days before Wimbledon gets underway, Sharapova told Williams to keep her opinions to herself.

Williams, the 16-time Grand Slam title-winner, was forced to apologize for her comments regarding the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school American football players in the Ohio town of Steubenville.

“I was definitely sad to hear what she had to say about the whole case,” said Sharapova, who was defeated by Williams in the French Open final earlier this month.

“I know everyone tries to create rivalries between us here and there. I just think she should be talking about her accomplishments, her achievements, rather than everything else that’s just getting attention and controversy.”

Sharapova, who has not beaten her great rival since 2004, also appeared to criticise Williams’s love life.

The American has been linked romantically with her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

“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,” said Sharapova.

“Talk about other things, but not draw attention to other things. She has so much in her life, many positives, and I think that’s what it should be about.”

Williams got involved in the Ohio rape case story by giving an interview to Rolling Stone magazine.

“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,” the magazine quoted Williams as saying.

“She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. 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.”

On Wednesday, Williams apologized.

“What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened,” Williams said.

“For someone to be raped, and at only 16, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved – that of the rape victim and of the accused.

“I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”

Sharapova said she always make a point of trying to keep her private life under wraps.

“What I do on the court and what I talk about in my press conference is strictly about my career. I’m sure people want to know more, but yet I try to keep my personal life private,” said the Russian.

“Nobody really cares about what I have to say, my opinions. If I speak to my friends, that’s one thing. But I don’t go out and try to create things that shouldn’t be really talked about.”

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  • pedronimo

    As I said so in the past, Maria has not beaten Serena but only in Tennis; in everything else that matters in life, however, Serena’s bio pales in comparison to Maria.

  • DennisApolinario

    Kasi naman, kahit siguro lasing na lasing ang isang lalake, di pa rin gaganahang reypin si Serena. Aba’y mas maganda lang ng konti sa gorilla. Sama pa ng ugali ng ama.

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      kasalanan ba ni serena kung masama ang ugali ng Ama? You cannot choose your parents and relatives.

  • kilabot

    serena’s lips are faster than her tennis balls.
    people who have fame, fortune, beauty and health,
    usually are deceived into thinking
    they’re the center of the universe;
    until something happens
    that will make them realize
    they’re just a speck of dust
    in the mammoth universe.

  • WoBushi

    It bothers me more of Filipinos’ vicious comments of Serena than Serena’s comment of the alleged rape itself. Filipinos enjoy having insulting and incisive words for each other. Sharapova just fueled Serena’s comment which supposedly was to vindicate her loss at the tennis court. Sharapova’s remark also applies to herself; she’s just being sanctimonious I think, and a sore loser at best.

    • remy

      This has nothing to do with tennis. Serena is winning yet she is attacking Maria. Go figure.

      And it’s both cruel and uncalled for when Serena attacked the rape victim. I think she suffered enough, and don’t blame the victim.

  • speedstream2

    Sad to say, at times rape victims get victimized twice over by the insensitivity of some people.

  • regd

    You go girls! Serena attempts damage control, Sharapova is throwing kerosene!

  • marionics

    he he itong si SARAPova habang tumatanda e lalo yatang nagiging yummy yum yum he he

  • wawa2172

    Serena made a statement and that’s it. She partly blame the 16 year old of drinking and that she was rape. Well, Sharapova is a private person and she is well like for that. Serena however is very opinionated and what she said is hurtful especially to the victims. Who knows what happened, pag nakainom, maaring maka limot at magawa ang kamuduhan. Serena said her piece and she is apologetic about it. Sharapova cannot be blame if she criticized Williams, she sympathizes with the victim.

    • CommonSens6

      A sore loser, Sharapova should just have shut her mouth!

      • korikong3

        You are talking about Williams.

      • CommonSens6

        No, I’m talking about your scabies!

  • blue_lights

    Sharapova and Williams = Beauty and the Beast

    • esquireltd

      good one!

  • ralphie44

    I love watching female tennis unless Serilla is on. If Serilla is playing the camera stays on her and frankly, she is one fugly mannish woman. She is good, but I can’t take it.

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      associating serena with ****illa? racist ka ba? I think you should heed to the advice of Sharapova. Sharapova told Williams to keep her opinion.

      Hindi po kasalanan ni Serena kung yan ang binigay ng Diyos na mukha sa kanya. The most important thing in life is to acknowledge we are just humans, not perfect and we learn from our mistakes and know how to apologize.

      In the end God will be juding us using the same yardstick we use in judging others.

      Ayan lamang po. bow.

      • ralphie44

        shes repulsive and i cant stand to watch her.
        ting tang walla walla bing bang

        furthermore, we are all humans. so?
        race happens, preference for ones own is natural. god made that.
        thats good enough for me. opposing that and somehow improving on that natural situation is idiocy and fraud. (jeuish fraud actually, but thats a different subject.)

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        ganyan rin ako dati, pero binawasan bawas ko na ang pagka judgemental ko as I grow mature and age.

        We see a lot of repulsive people all around there is nothing really new. Tao pa rin sila, there are good and bad sides of them just like us.

        Now it is up to us kung pipilin natin punahin ang masama nilang katangian kay sa maganda.

      • korikong3

        But remember we are all expected to strive to be worthy to our Creator.

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        You cannot be worthy to our Creator kung pawang mali ang nakikita mo sa kapwa.

        Nor anyone can boast of own good works because it is still basura in the eyes of good.

    • elimsqui

      one thing for sure serena will beat maria in wimbeldon…

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