Since then she has only beaten her on one other occasion.
After their last meeting, through evidently gritted teeth, Sharapova said: ‘I love every time that I step on the court against her because she’s the best. I’m proud to play in the same era as her.’Like many tennis players, Sharapova distances herself from others when on tour.
Williams, 33, is the more physically powerful, with a ferocious temper and the mindset of a battling champion.
she was talent-spotted and enrolled in a tennis academy in Florida.The noise, made when she hits every stroke, can reach 101 decibels, the equivalent of an aeroplane landing.Serena Williams’ grunt is a more macho ‘hur-wuff’ although she has been known to top it up with a shout of ‘Come on’ — or something far ruder.She then had a two-year liaison with basketball player Sasha Vujacic, to whom she became engaged, before they split up, citing the pressures of their respective schedules. Drake told a magazine he really loved and cared for her, but was promptly spotted out with model Dollicia Bryan, and then with singer Rihanna.She also had a short fling with film producer Charlie Ebersol. Perhaps true to her reputation as an icy bore, Sharapova has a ‘thing’ for modern architecture and her homes in Manhattan Beach, Florida, and Ojai, California, are ‘modern and elegant with clean lines’.