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Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the ESPYs: A New Chapter?

Remember back when Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were supposedly sworn enemies? Well those days are apparently long gone as the lovely couple pair chatted together and posed for the cameras during last night’s ESPY awards.

It’s quite funny looking at these two together now. Ever since Sharapova’s shock victory over Serena at Wimbledon in 2004, they really have always been built up as bitter rivals. Serena has, of course, had her problems with Maria, but that was clearly more down to the insane media hype that followed the 2004 Wimbledon. In contrast to Serena being, well, Serena; Maria was their tall, young and blonde ‘Great White Hope’ who so many people believed and hoped would end the Williams’ reign at the top.

But 7 years on, and the pair have barely even faced off against each other since their 2004 Wimbledon final. There have been no ‘incidents’ between them to cause bad blood between the two, unlike Serena’s other rivalries with the likes of Justine Henin and Jennifer Capriati, and there certainly seems to be a lot of mutual respect between them. But with Maria finally back to relevance and Serena recently returning from her various serious illnesses and injuries, maybe we’ll finally witness that great rivalry that so many people were excited about at the beginning of Sharapova’s career? Let’s hope so.

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3 Responses to Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the ESPYs: A New Chapter?

  1. jonathan July 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Well, there was this…

    Not so major, though. One of those heat-of-battle happenings.

    • footfaulter July 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Heh, I completely forgot about that. The crowd’s reaction was too funny.

      But yeah, there has been no trash talking or gamesmanship (*cough* Henin) between them. I hope it stays that way.

  2. Pingback: Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova, Yes? Yes. YES!!! « Foot Fault!

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