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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova didn’t take sides in Serena vs. Sloane, but says she’s not out to make friends with her on-court rivals. (Daniel Maurer/AP)

Maria Sharapova extended her clay winning streak to 17 matches with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Alexandra Dulgheru in the first round of the Madrid Open on Monday. After the match, she was asked about one of the stories dominating the tennis headlines: Sloane Stephens’ controversial comments (made in March) in ESPN The Magazine lashing out at Serena Williams for unfollowing her on Twitter, deleting her from BlackBerry Messenger and otherwise not speaking to her after Stephens beat her at the Australian Open.

While she seems to appreciate Stephens’ willingness to speak out, Sharapova told Tennis Panorama News that she doesn’t go out of her way to make friends in the locker room either. To paraphrase the the old adage: She’s not here to make friends; she’s here to win.

“I think everyone knows this is my job here. When I’m on the courts or when I’m on the court playing, I’m a competitor and I want to beat every single person whether they’re in the locker room or across the net.

“So I’m not the one to strike up a conversation about the weather and know that in the next few minutes I have to go and try to win a tennis match. I’m a pretty competitive girl. I say my hellos, but I’m not sending any players flowers as well.

“So it was nice to see that she spoke honestly about it. I think people have different perceptions of different athletes. It’s nice that someone spoke up about how they feel.”

  • Published On May 06, 2013
  • 145 comments
    MoeThacker
    MoeThacker

    Sloane is young and foolish and has a lot to learn about behavior, both  off court and on.

    tfaw
    tfaw

    she looks like a gerbil in that picture...

    vs2tennis
    vs2tennis

    DanielLeeHorton...ditto that...shut up Maria

    TonyC1
    TonyC1

    17 matches in a row for Maria...Great job!!! Keep it up. A title win in Madrid and on to RG!!!

    DanielLeeHorton
    DanielLeeHorton

    Mqria should shut up and say no comment- sour grapes for losing record five times in Miami

    balo030869
    balo030869

    A gender test to Serena will be ok

    tpwarren23
    tpwarren23

    Well, I guess Maria was so happy about Sloane's comments given how frustrated she was after their last meeting and for the past 9 years. Maria was putting in work and winning against Serena. But Serena woke the he** up and Maria won a total of ZERO, ZILCH, NADA games after she was up 6-4, 3-2. LMAO. I'm sure Maria has thought of Serena as a b*tch for some time now.

     

    I would expect someone like Maria to agree with nasty comments from Sloane about Serena. I would (as Maria's trolls are on here doing) call Serena every b*tch, PED user, foul mouth, rude, classless on the face of this earth...even though I would know it wasn't true at all. But, as Maria trolls and general Serena haters so often do, they say these things to make themselves feel better after Serena has given their favorite a 6-0 6-1 beatdown on the Olympic stage (Maria Sharapova) or made my favorite ice Queen melt and cry during a match (Maria again in several matches).

     

    I get it, but here is a pic for the Maria trolls viewing pleasure. What we have here is Maria's crippled finger coach trying to convince Maria that she could still win against Serena in Miami. The look on Maria's face is priceless. LMAO. HAHAHAHAHA! 

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/maria-sharapova-during-a-break-between-sets-in-a-4-6-6-3-6-news-photo/165110808

    Sabrina1
    Sabrina1

    GO SERENA!  These losers have no other way of venting their frustration.  So far they are the only ones talking..and can't produce a win against you to save their own lives.

    TotalRecall9
    TotalRecall9

    Serena is just a biatch in the worst way and Sharapova knows it.

    lwglow2478
    lwglow2478

     @TonyC1 Um, Serena won in Madrid.  And Sharapova has "done an Azarenka" and dropped out in the middle of a tourney (The Italian Open NOW) over nothing so that she can be "fresh" in a MAJOR!  Sincerely hope Serena wins the French Open this year.  Based on what she's done so far, she DESERVES to!

    lwglow2478
    lwglow2478

     @balo030869 "Gender" test?!?  You need an EYE  exam if you can't see that Serena Williams has the most WOMANLY, most voluptuous female figure on the women's tour!  Check out her dancing at the Federer/Gillette charity tournament with Azarenka and the mascot. It's fantastic to see a REAL woman who is such an amazingly great athlete!  Our artists make manifest what we as human beings intuit at the cellular level: The Strongest Woman is the Most WOMANLY woman. Artists always depict female superheroes with CURVES.  Go, Serena, GOOO!

    lexusv8
    lexusv8

    @balo030869 There will all ways be (Stupid people)! Jealous people go nowhere in life.

    pcwhite2
    pcwhite2

     @balo030869 

    balo, with all that she has "behind" and "the twins" up top, Serena doesn't need a gender test, you need a vision (and IQ) test.

    PDW
    PDW

     @balo030869 And an intelligence test is in order for you...

    PDW
    PDW

     @tpwarren23 It was so funny to see Maria's big mouth coach HOGWASH out there telling her that she could beat Serena..lol..Serena bageled the over-hyped one 6-0 in the final set. So funny...Been laughing at Maria's futility since 2004..lol..By the way, HOGWASH called Serena the B word too. Oh, but that's okay? lol...No wonder Serena gets great joy out of pummeling Maria and her Big mouth coach HOGWASH..lol..

    TonyC1
    TonyC1

     @tpwarren23

     If you even read the article you could see that Maria was glad for Sloane's honesty. It was williams that was deceitful, trying to portray herself as a mentor and good friend of Sloane, while all the time dissing her. Williams was acting all touchy-feely at fed cup...but the truth is now out that she is a two-faced, back stabbing beast. Not sure why Sloane would even want to be friends with her, certainly nobody else likes her...

    Lilly23
    Lilly23

    "List" is a dumbass.

    T.W.17227
    T.W.17227

     @TotalRecall9 And Maria's Serena's B***H for life..lol..2004-2013..PURE AND COMPLETE OWNERSHIP...by the way...Maria's also a LOSING B***H too....Bawhahahahahaha....

    lwglow2478
    lwglow2478

     @TotalRecall9 , Puhleze.  Sharapova called correctly called HERSELF a "B" when she appeared on CHELSEA LATELY.

    tpwarren23
    tpwarren23

     @TotalRecall9 And sharapova is not? Wasn't it Sharapova the one who went on Chelsea Lately and proudly called herself a b*tch? Yes it was. But wait, I forgot, it was Sharapova being a b*tch...she's allowed to do that, but God forbid Serena be one. I'm sure Maria thinks Serena is a b*tch b/c Serena b*tch-slaps her a** all over the court EVERY single time they play, and "Sharapova knows it". 

    TonyC1
    TonyC1

     @lwglow2478 Frankly the only thing that Serena Williams deserves is to be booted out on tennis. She will lose in Rome and she will lose at RG in the second round. I can foretell the future and it doesn't look good for williams.

    TW1
    TW1

     @PDW  @tpwarren23 PDW, It was Maria's current coach that did that. It was her old coach crazy coach Mike Joyce who almost called Serena Williams the "B" word, and Maria was laughing. It was during the 2008 Family Circle Cup when he was giving her coaching tips. It didn't help, because Maria got smoked in set 3 by Serena. She's always being beaten to a pulp by Serena.

     

    Here's a clip of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyVtCgxkei4.

     

    Maria has always had some creepy coaches who are condescending, always saying somebody's lucky or something like that. Her current coach always calls Serena lucky as he did in Miami a few weeks ago. You don't get "lucky" beating someone going on a decade and 11 times in a row. He's just crazy and stupid. Maria's not very good on court or very bright either. She always says "You know" constantly when she's talking. If I'm Maria I don't say one word about Sloane, because now the next time Serena plays her, Serena will be really looking to beat Maria badly.

    tpwarren23
    tpwarren23

     @PDW PDW when did Hogwash almost slip up and call Serena a name?

    kris2ten
    kris2ten

    @TonyC1 @tpwarren23 you are so stupid...take that has a compliment...if u have brain u will find ur answer from what u write....if serena is all sloane is saying why the need of being her friend???if someone is this bad why will i want to associate with such a person???the truth is sloane needs attention  and she want to be a wanna be of serena.

    joyane
    joyane

     @TonyC1  @tpwarren23

     tonyc1 and if Sloane started winning over Maria, she would be a all those ugly things that you said about Serena

    tpwarren23
    tpwarren23

     @TonyC1 If you read my comment Maria being happy for Sloane's comment was the premise of my statement. Reading comprehension goes a long way. It was Sloane being deceitful trying to befriend someone she claims she stopped liking YEARS ago. So no, oh worthless troll, Sloane is the two-faced, back stabbing beast who thought she would be able to call Serena disrespectful and be a little leach of a friend at the same time. Serena simply dismissed her and ignored her like she's done to her trollers like you for ages, and like Sloane, you're MAD and frustrated that she keeps coming back for more. I love it. LOL.

    List
    List

     @tpwarren23  is Serena's b*tch and apologist. Please go to him if you need a shill for hire.

    Jonjoe1959
    Jonjoe1959

    TonyC1:

    Today is Dec.27,2013. Please "Fortell" Serena's 2014. **Pretty Please**

    PDW
    PDW

    @TonyC1 You are an idiot and moron...lol...Serena not only WON Madrid & Rome, but the French Open too, kicking Maria's butt all over RG 6-4 6-4.....STOP making predictions, you're a LOSER at it, just like Maria...lol...

    Lilly23
    Lilly23

    @TonyC1 @lwglow2478  

    Serena just won the French Open. A 6-4 6-4 victory over Sharapova.

    "I can foretell the future and it doesn't look good for williams" lmfao

    kris2ten
    kris2ten

    @TonyC1 @lwglow2478 poor u...it seems ur future is the only thing u can foretell...and i concord with u....ur future will never be bright .

    T.W.17227
    T.W.17227

     @TonyC1  @lwglow2478 Uh, it didn't look good for Maria either when the over-hyped one got her butt kicked in Madrid. She dropped out of Rome so she wouldn't gt another butt-kicking for a 13th time straight by Serena. Figures...Maria's a scarey cat and you are a FOOL! She LOST to Serena AGAIN..how embarrassing..lol...

    Libero1
    Libero1

    TonyC1, you are the god of tennis. You have the power to decide who is bad and who is winning the tournament. Kudos to you!!! What else can I say?

    KevinBrown
    KevinBrown

    @joyane @TonyC1 Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. Never in my life did I think that someone would echo my opinion so eloquently. Why do we as Americans root for Non-Americans against our own born and raised athletes, and it always seems to be an African-American involved. I started watching Tennis in the early 70's(See Arthur Ashe) and what he went through. He was considered a model human being by all.


    joyane
    joyane

     @TonyC1

     Lets forget Sloane right now and address this question, what have the Williams sisters ever done in their short lifetime of 31 and 32 years of age to rate them as being terrible human beings? Your hatred for them is only because they are African Americans, successful, business women, designers, Miss Serena and  First Lady Michelle Obama have teamed up to help children to get in shape, fitness programs, Serena has a school in Africa helping girls, they are part owners with a professional football team, and the list goes on, terrible human beings don't do those type of things, oh I know why you hate her, I remember the 2 times when she lost her cool, one with the line woman and the other with the chair empire, so because of that she will be forever in your eyes this terrible human being, but what did Miss Venus do? I cant come up with anything can you? one thing I do know is that you are a sad individual if you can hate a person for something as small as that, when Serena was a teenager and played at IW and the whole crowd booed her (an American) and cheered for Kim Clister, from Belgium because her sister was injured and let the event coordinator know in time that she couldn't play, Venus and Mr. Williams were booed and her father was threaten by someone in the crowd, were they terrible human beings, Maria Sharapova did the same thing a week ago, hours before she was to play Sara Errani she retired because she  claims she was sick but everybody knows the real reason, she didn't want to face Serena again for another "terrible human being" BUTT WHIPPING, why wasn't she a terrible human being, and don't forget in 2004 at the US open when the chair empire cheated Serena so Jennifer Capriati could win, even Stevie Wonder could see what was going on that the chair empire made those terrible calls because the game was fixed so that Serena would lose, do you hate that chair empire for what she did to Serena, is she a terrible person too, you hate Serena for what she said to a chair empire in 2011, you mentioned bigot, omg, every since the Williams sisters have been playing tennis they have experience bigotry, racism, hatred, the most unappreciated female athletes in America, when they step out on the tennis court, they represent the USA and like them or not they represent USA well  but they had to listen to Americans cheer for their opponents but they still held their heads up high and kept playing even when they were hated and despised, and who do you say again are terrible human beings? I don't get it Serena is the number one female tennis player in the world and she is doing it at 31, the only one that is keeping the USA on top, no one else in America is even close to her, she just completed a golden slam, the only female  American that every done that, she and her sister have 4 gold medals that has never been done by neither male or female in tennis, that is never mentioned and the list goes on, and they are terrible human beings, but I am wasting my time because I realize that I am talking to a child because only a sad little child would make a ridiculous statement like this "terrible human beings" about someone that you don't even know, sad, you are just a hater behind the keyboard, coward, a despicable person, but again I keep forgetting that I am talking about a child so get off of the computer now before your mommy comes home and find out what you have been doing, don't want you to get "time out" for being a "bad little boy" and I reiterate " little"

    TonyC1
    TonyC1

     @joyane    What does Sloane have to do with the conversation? Do you have something against Sloane? You are a bigot, trying to tie things to race, when race has nothing to do with it. Sereena is a terrible human being no matter what color you paint the outside. Sounds like you may be in the same category as her.

    joyane
    joyane

     @TonyC1  @Libero1

     At Indian Wells Mr. Richard Williams life was threaten from someone in the crowd when Miss Venus was hurt and couldn't play, and this was about a professional sport and that's the problem tonyc1 you dislike the Americans the Williams sisters and love and support the Russian Maria Sharapova, at the Olympics she carried the Russian flag and represented Russia and you were probally rooting for her to win, don't you see something wrong with this at all and talk about going back to the Congo, well you stop going to those kkk meetings with you father, Judge tonyc1 sr.

    TonyC1
    TonyC1

     @lwglow2478  @tpwarren23  @Libero1  Yes LIST has you All pegged right. You try to defend a terrible human being like Sereens Williams, and you try and justify it all by bashing innocent people. So I can understand all of you defending her, because you are just like her. Terrible people transcend race, so what color you are is of no consequence to me.

    lwglow2478
    lwglow2478

     @tpwarren23  @TonyC1  @Libero1 TPWarren23, EXACTLY.  Perfectly innocent Serena and Venus had been the victims of vicious racism  even as CHILDREN.  And the evil at Indian Wells happened when Serena was still an innocent TEENAGER!  Serena was also pretty young at that infamous  U.S. Open when she was demonically cheated by a deranged, racist umpire on behalf of her foul-mouthed opponent on court, Jennifer Capriati.  And don't get us started on The French Open.  Serena is an ANGEL to have only had 1 or 2 ventings.  Glad she's back to her normal, sunny self, though.

    tpwarren23
    tpwarren23

     @List  @tpwarren23 When you finish you sound retarded. WTH are you talking about? You're making no sense at all. Race card? When? Never. That's just an excuse that trolls like you use in order to make yourself feel better when someone DOESN'T use race as an excuse. You wish I pulled the "race card" so you could feel better. LOL. You must be young and dumb b/c what in God's green hell does racism have to do with calling someone a "hamster" and "cheater". I hate when uneducated dumbasses try and sound intelligent. It fails every time. Furthermore, what was your point? 

    List
    List

     @tpwarren23  Yes, please. Seen you around a LOT when this topic arises -  unfortunately, you're nothing more than a Serena Williams apologist. You pull the racist card, but you CANNOT jump clear of the fact that Serena Williams and her sister are crappy human beings, regardless of being green, blue, or purple; regardless of how you skew their relationships with other people; regardless of how you try to encapsulate their situations. You talk about racism, but yet you call the line judge a "hamster" and a "cheater" and wish violence on her. No, "it doesn't work both ways", does it? Or does it?

     

    But all of this aside, I want to know about "lmao" - it was obviously important to you that everyone know this about you and your *ss. So, did your *ss REALLY fall off? Please tell us!!!

     

     

     

     

    tpwarren23
    tpwarren23

     @TonyC1  @Libero1 Oh boo to you. People were being mean and THREATENING Serena's life WAAAAYYYY before her 2009 incident. How about 100s of racists screaming at her during Indian Wells? Her life was threatened also. So, that 2009 incident is old and a cop out. Please, trolls like you had a problem with her prior to 2009 so stop using that as a pathetic excuse. She's the perfect person to look up to b/c if you let ppl continually run over you,  you'll end up with low self-esteem and self hatred...like you. I'm glad she threatened that lil hamster looking lines lady. I just wish somebody would have busted her knee caps up for cheating and sniggling about it. Like Serena could really hurt her in front of all millions and like she was really scared. Please.

    TonyC1
    TonyC1

     @Libero1 Hey Libo - this is America and we still have a right to dislike anyone we choose. You don't like it, move back to the congo. Williams is a terrible example of a tennis player, she is certainly not a person to look up to. Nobody should be able to threaten someones life in a professional sport and get away with it.

    Libero1
    Libero1

    TonyC1, what is your problem.?  Is this another chance to shamelessly spew your hatred?  Serena is only a tennis player and she happened to be the best on WTA. Move on ...look for real enemies in your head. get help.

    tpwarren23
    tpwarren23

     @TonyC1 Furthermore, Serena stated from the beginning that she was NOT Sloane's mentor and Sloane was the first person who decided to get childish on court. Sloane was the one declaring Serena her knight and shining star and how great Serena was and that they were friends. NOT SERENA. Sloane tried to use Serena to catapult her own career and it backfired.

     

    Serena owes Sloane nothing. She wasn't being honest about "feelings", she spoke nothing of feelings. Sloane spoke about personal happenings and actions Serena chose to take. It was a one-sided attempt to defame someone's name. I wonder why Maria didn't say she was happy to see Radwanska speak her feelings when Radwanska said Maria screams too loudly on court. Maria got nasty and replied, "Isn't she back in Poland already". It doesn't work both ways. Maria doesn't get to be glad for someone to be honest about another player calling her nemesis names and then reply with an indignant response when it's about her. 

    TonyC1
    TonyC1

     @tpwarren23

     Well I guess to each his/her own....We see things completely different...Sloane had little to gain by her comments...As Maria said, she was just being honest about her feelings and perception of williams...