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Serena betrayed as Sharapova feud fires up French Open
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PARIS, June 4 — Serena Williams will be fired up to tighten her 14-year grip w88.com on Maria Sharapova by a sense of betrayal as the two iconic stars play out the latest chapter of their bitter feud at the French Open today.

Sharapova has not defeated her fellow former world number one since 2004 — a streak of 18 matches — the same year she made her global breakthrough at Wimbledon as a slender teenager prone to fits of giggles. The 22nd match of their one-sided rivalry will once again be played out against a familiar soundtrack of suspicion and bad blood.

Williams, the three-time French Open champion and 23-time major winner, has vented her anger at Sharapova’s claims that she had wept after losing the 2004 Wimbledon title match. The 36-year-old described references to her in Sharapova’s memoir, Unstoppable, as “100 per cent hearsay” while other w88 soccer revelations she dismissed as “not necessarily true”.

Williams is particularly angry as Sharapova’s claims came just months after the American had hailed her for the manner in which she announced her failed drugs test at the 2016 Australian Open. “I was one of the few people that said she was brave to say something,” said Williams referring to Sharapova’s “drug incident”. “I didn’t have anything negative to say about Maria.” Sharapova’s test for meldonium led to a 15-month ban.

Ironically, the Russian’s last match before her suspension was against Williams in the quarter-finals in Melbourne. Williams has monopolised their on-court clashes for the last 14 years so much so that m88 Sharapova has taken just one set in a decade. Despite that, the Russian, with five Slams to her name, still brings in the serious money.

Her net worth was valued at US$285 million (RM1.1 billion) by Forbes last year while, according The Richlist, Williams’s financial assets were estimated at US$170 million. Elsewhere, as she rebuilt her reputation, Sharapova featured in a no warts at all Netflix documentary ‘The Point’. Not to be outdone, Serena opened the doors to HBO for a four-part mini-series, ‘Being Serena’, focussing on her homelife and return to action after the birth of daughter Olympia.

As well as vying for commercial and PR supremacy, the two have fought very public battles over their private lives. On the eve of Wimbledon in 2013, Williams gave an explosive interview to m88 help Rolling Stone magazine in which she left nobody in any doubt as to her target. “She begins every interview with ‘I’m so happy. I’m so lucky’ — it’s so boring,” said Williams without namechecking the Russian.

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