Serena: I apologized to Sharapova

Serena: I apologized to Sharapova

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Serena Williams says she apologized to Maria Sharapova in person shortly after an article was published in which a reporter wrote Williams had been implicitly referring to Sharapova’s personal life.

 

WilliamsI personally talked to Maria at the player party, incidentally. I said, ‘Look, I want to personally apologize to you if you are offended by being brought into my situation. I want to take this moment to just pour myself, be open, say I’m very sorry for this whole situation.’

— Serena Williams

Williams was reticent to further comment on the controversy a day after Sharapova took a subtle yet forceful verbal shot at her.

“She was inadvertently brought into the situation by assumptions made by the reporter,” Williams said Sunday in London during her pre-Wimbledon news conference. “I personally talked to Maria at the player party, incidentally. I said, ‘Look, I want to personally apologize to you if you are offended by being brought into my situation. I want to take this moment to just pour myself, be open, say I’m very sorry for this whole situation.’ ”

“I definitely was told of the comments,” Williams said Sunday. “I definitely like to keep my personal life personal. I think it would be inappropriate for me to comment on it. But, yeah, I’ve always, in the past — you guys have known — I’ve kept my personal and professional life very private. I’m going to continue to do that.”

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