In the past, Maria Sharapova has said that she doesn’t “respect” Serena Williams away from the game. Since 2004, Williams has beaten Sharapova 18 consecutive times and 19 of the last 21. In basic terms, Serena has owned Sharapova’s tennis existence.
On Tuesday, Serena was asked about Sharapova testing positive for a ban substance. Serena could’ve been petty but chose to take the high road with her statement.
“I think most people were happy she was upfront and very honest and showed a lot of courage to admit to what she had done and what she had neglected to look at in terms of the list at the end of the year,” Williams said.
“As Maria said, she’s ready to take full responsibility,” Williams said. “She showed a lot of courage and a lot of heart. I think she’s always shown courage and heart in everything she’s done, and this is no different.”
Serena could’ve asked a lot of questions, but the question I have, would Serena have received the benefit of the doubt from the media and competitors, like Sharapova has?
Here’s the bottom line. If Maria was taking the meds to enhance her game, it never worked when she played Serena.
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