Those looking for a juicy glimpse into the feud that’s engrossed women’s tennis for years should know that the name “Serena” shows up more than 100 times in Sharapova’s book, including nine times in the prologue alone.All signs point to Williams being Sharapova’s personal benchmark, idol, and frenemy and the standard that defines her career.Sharapova was seeded 13th, and it seemed like she was still a couple of years away from a breakthrough win.
And now, with Sharapova’s memoir and a solid chunk of it devoted to Williams, the public is getting its first prolonged look at Sharapova’s psychology and how she views the greatest women’s tennis player of all time.
Sharapova and Williams would play again that year at the season-ending WTA Tour Championships, with Sharapova winning again.
From that tournament on, the hype surrounding Sharapova was that she was one of the few players who could beat Williams and challenge her greatness.
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.