Sharapova was seeded 13th, and it seemed like she was still a couple of years away from a breakthrough win.
But she made her way through the draw, notching a comeback win in the semifinals after being a set down against American Lindsay Davenport, who was seeded fifth.
Calling what exists between Williams and Sharapova a rivalry would be generous, since rivalries don’t typically involve an 18-streak steamroll.
“But, to me, the real answer was there, in this locker room, where I was changing and she was bawling.
I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon.” Williams is a prominent fixture in Sharapova’s book and in many of the popular narratives surrounding Sharapova.
That’s a huge reason there’s so much interest in her memoir: People want to read Sharapova’s take on 13 years of losses to Williams and find out whether she thinks she’s capable of beating Williams again.
Maria Sharapova is an entertaining tennis player — but more so off the court than on.