Maria and Serena the saga of Rivalry to Friendship : Maria Sharapova spotted with former rival Serena Williams at Met Gala, from rivals to party pals.
Tennis stars Maria Sharapova & Serena Williams — known for their famous on-court rivalry through the years — posed together for a photoshoot at the Met Gala which took place on 5th Avenue at Manhattan in New York City.
The pair was seen with Williams’ older sister, fellow tennis star Venus Williams, who named the meeting a “reunion” in a post on her Instagram Story. That’s 35 grand slams captured in one image, an excited fan noted on Twitter.
Sharapova also shared the photograph to her Instagram Story, along with a separate picture with Lakers star Russell Westbrook.
Sharapova & Williams’ thrilling tennis saga began in 2004 at Wimbledon, when Sharapova annihilated Williams to become the third-youngest female to win the Grand Slam. But that would be the final time she would see victory against Williams — who ruled the rest of their career meetings before Sharapova retired in early 2020.
Elsewhere in the autobiography, Sharapova clarified, “I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds” at the lush green lawns in 2004.
Sharapova said she watched Williams “crying” and having “throaty sobs” in the locker room after the loss.
“I think she disliked me for seeing her at her lowest possible moment. But mostly I think she detested me for listening to her cry. She’s never exonerated me for it.” Sharapova wrote.
Sharapova and Williams must have gotten over their bitterness over the years, and it is evident as they were seen rubbing elbows at one of fashion’s biggest nights.
Serena looked stunning at the Met Gala in a pink and silver feathered look by Gucci.
Sharapova looked exquisite in a gold gown with pleated sleeves by Gabriela Hearst.
Meanwhile, Venus Williams dazzled her set of fans in a strapless red dress by Prabal Gurung.
Serena, a 23-time grand slam winner, was accompanied to the Met Gala by her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Sharapova was seen with fiance Alexander Gilkes.
Other tennis professionals who were present included newly crowned US Open champion Emma Raducanu, Naomi Osaka & Sloane Stephens.
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