Maria Sharapova sat down with Larry King this week to discuss everything from her quick split with coach Jimmy Connors, to the status of her shoulder bursitis, to locker-room rivalries. Oh, and she also confirmed that she’s not getting married anytime soon.
Rumors of a possible engagement to her boyfriend, 22-year-old ATP player Grigor Dimitrov popped up over the weekend after Sharapova was spotted wearing a ring that looks nothing like an engagement ring on her left ring finger during an appearance at New York Fashion Week.
Sharapova, 26, put the rumors to bed. “No, I’m not getting married,” she told King, “Not that I know of!”
The interview is awkward and disjointed — there’s a Sugarpova taste test at one point — but it does contain a few gems.
• On locker-room friendships: ”It’s tough for me to imagine being friendly and having a friendship with someone and then the next day going out on the court and trying to beat them. I don’t think that’s fair. So I avoid it.”
• On why she split with Connors after one match: ”It was just not the right fit, wrong timing with my injury with everything going on. It was just not the right time.”
• On whether she’ll play the season-ending WTA Championships: “That’s my goal. I really want to finish with that tournament this year. But I also want to heal my shoulder. It’s going to take as much time as it needs. Bursitis is a bit tricky because there’s not much you can do for it except wait for it to get better. I’m not a patient person so that makes it extremely difficult.”
• On the best match she’s ever played: “The one I lost against Justine Henin at the 2007 year-end championships in Madrid. It was like a three-and-half-hour battle, but looking back, that was a fun match to be a part of.”
• On whether she has a grudge against Serena Williams: “Not at all. A lot of things in [the] press are overplayed. I’m sure you know about that.”
You can watch the full interview on Hulu.