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The Serena vs Sharapova beef involves boyfriend rumors, odd book quotes, and a very lopsided rivalry

August 15, 2019

– This is Maria Sharapova’s autobiography. For a book ostensibly about its author, the text talks a lot about someone else, Serena Williams. The book generated controversy because Sharapova’s fixation with Serena encompasses more than just tennis. There is a narrative around these two. And a beef that hides
just beneath its surface. Until it doesn’t. To understand this beef,
you first need to understand the tennis rivalry or lack thereof. Maria Sharapova entered
the elite tennis circuit right as Serena Williams
was reaching its pinnacle. It was the first of several
pinnacles for Serena. Her career kinda looks like the Himalayas. The 16 year old from
Russia made her major debut at the 2003 Australian Open. The same tournament that
21 year old Williams won to complete a streak of taking
all four major championships consecutively over two years. The so-called Serena Slam. This was concrete evidence
that tennis had a new monarch. Later in ’03, Sharapova
started to actually win some matches in major tournaments. While Serena suffered a setback. Damage to her left knee required surgery, and she pulled out of the tour for months. Carrying into the beginning of 2004. Williams missed more time than anticipated but booked some non-tennis
gigs in the interim, which brought out the
peanut gallery of critics wondering if Serena would
regain her elite form, and if she took tennis seriously enough. But she returned to the court eventually and got back in the swing of
things in tournament play, including a pretty smooth
victory in her first ever meeting with Sharapova
at the Miami Open. Serena wasn’t 100% but
she was getting there, and she battled her way into
the Wimbledon final that year. Her opponent? Maria Sharapova. Who was only seeded 13th but
mounted multiple comeback upsets to reach her
first ever major final. To everyone’s surprise the
17-year old commanded the match. She broke Serena early
and won the first set. Then came back from
behind in the second set to win Wimbledon. A historic upset that
left people wondering if they were witnessing a tectonic shift in top women’s tennis. Serena would later joke that that wasn’t the
real her at Wimbledon. But Sharapova suggested Williams
accept this new reality. Then came back from a
set down to beat Serena in the final of the
2004 WTA Championships. After Sharapova’s two
victories against Williams, many people found the
notion of a new powerhouse in women’s tennis irresistible. Sharapova had proven herself as a player but its important to acknowledge that she had equal appeal as a star. She was talented and she was
conventionally attractive. Even Serena celebrated this. And the media found it
particularly compelling. However the actual tennis part of all this reached a pivotal crossroads when Williams and Sharapova
next met on the court. At the 2005 Australian Open semi-final. Sharapova served for three
match points in the third set. On one of them she came
very close to acing Williams for the win. But Serena fought off all
three of those matchpoints and stormed back to win the match. She’d go on to win the whole tournament. Her first major championship since 03′. And I really can’t stress enough that that meeting at the Australian Open which nearly went the other way, was pivotal as far as tennis is concerned. Sharapova’s career since
then has been great. With multiple major wins spaced out over the intervening decade and change. But each of those was earned in part by avoiding Serena in the bracket. Because, of course, Serena
has more major victories than anyone in history. And while her presence
on the tour has varied with her health. William has smoked Sharapova
at every opportunity, going all the way back to 2005. That is not an exaggeration. After an extended period
away from the game to tend to her physical
and mental well-being. Williams faced the number
one ranked Sharapova in the 2007 Australian Open final. Sharapova drilled
Williams with an overhead in the first set. Serena stared her down,
then dismantled her. Serena got Wimbledon revenge in 2010. She kicked Sharapova’s ass
at the London Olympics. She kicked Sharapova’s
ass at the French Open, typically the Russian’s strongest major. She’s kicked Sharapova’s ass in Miami, Madrid, and the Middle East. Sharapova didn’t get past
Williams in the bracket again until the 2018 French Open. And that was because Serena retired before their match up
with a pectoral injury. Maria’s record against
Serena up to that point was the two wins in 04′ and 19 losses. So despite early signs
that Sharapova might rival, or even overtake
Williams, they have proven to be nowhere near equal on the court. Sharapova is a great tennis player. Williams is one of the
greatest pro athletes in human history. But the dynamics change
when Maria and Serena put down their rackets. They’ve got some stuff in common. Both speak their minds, but they never had anything particularly exciting to say about one another until 2013. When we learned Serena and Maria had something else in common. Grigor Dimitrov. That year Williams was
profiled by Stephen Rodrick for Rolling Stone. And in the course of his access to Serena, Rodrick overheard and
reported a phone conversation she had with her sister Venus that included the following
quote about an unnamed subject. “She begins every interview
with I’m so happy, “I’m so lucky, its so boring. “She’s still not going to be
invited to the cool parties. “And hey, if she wants to be with the guy ” with a black heart, go for it”. Everyone including
Rodrick assumed Williams was talking about Sharapova who was at the time, dating Dimitrov. A Bulgarian tennis player who, according to rumors, was Serena’s ex. And apparently had a black heart. For almost a decade these
two had slugged it out on the court with barely
any sign of real animosity. Yet all of a sudden here
was this candid sign of beef published in a damn magazine. Serena quickly apologized to Sharapova both privately and in public. – [Narrator] Sharapova
seemed to accept the apology. – [Narrator] But she got
a little dig in there too. – That right there, was
Maria implying that Serena dated her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Williams left it at that. And both players returned to
taking the high road, mostly. Serena did give one quote
about how much she cherished her dominant record against Sharapova. And Sharapova told The New York Times she had the utmost respect
for Williams on the court. But off the court things were different. Observers thought they saw
the two players avoiding one another on the court
at Brisbane in 2014. But any hostility was unspoken or passive aggressive at worst. William’s even tweeted one time about how much she loved
Sharapova’s fashion. But there was no doubt
after the boyfriend comments that, beef exists below the surface. And further flare ups have
illuminated even more. See, Serena and Maria have
other stuff in common. They are for instance both
among the highest paid female athletes in the world. Interestingly William
didn’t become number one in that ranking until 2016. Sharapova had been highest
paid for the 11 years preceding that, despite being
the less accomplished player. And the financial hit Sharapova
took in 2016, probably had to do with her failing a
test for banned substances. There is some irony in
that because Williams has been pestered for years
about her muscular physique. Despite never having failed a drug test. In 2014 Sharapova herself
condemned disgusting remarks members of the Russian Federation made about the appearance
of the Williams sisters. Maria knows full well that Serena has been subject to
racism her whole career. Both explicit racist
slurs and implicit racism couched in comments about
her body or her demeanor. Which brings us back to the book. It’s not surprising that
Sharapova would talk about Williams frequently in
telling her life story. Serena’s name even comes up in
the about the author section. And most of these many,
many, mentions are respectful even reverent of the greatest player ever. But Sharapova also made some
puzzling choices in here. Mostly concentrated around the story of beating Serena at Wimbledon. She describes the scene in the locker room following the match. Serena bawling and emitting guttural sobs, and she suggests Serena hated her and vowed to never lose to her again. And then there is this part. The bit about Sharapova
being a skinny kid, that echoes other lines in the book contrasting their appearances. Like, harping on Serena’s thick legs and how she is intimidating and strong and tall, really tall. Which like, yes, these
two are built differently but, even as a teenager
Sharapova towered over Williams. It’s just an odd thing to dwell on. Once Serena caught wind of these passages she addressed them in her own way. Soon after the book came out in 2017, she wrote a Reddit post about her daughter that was addressed to her
mother but seemed to respond to the comments about
her physique in the book. While Sharapova did what she could to explain those comments. – [Narrator] And said she would
speak to Serena one on one about what she wrote. – [Narrator] But whatever came of that Williams still sounded perturbed
by the book a year later. – [Narrator] Sharapova
insists she and Serena should be close since they
have so much in common. – [Narrator] But there are
just too many factors chilling any potential warmth between these two. On the court there is a lopsided rivalry with one early historic exception. Off the court there is a public dialogue. Two people exchanging
comments about one another, that have been petty at
times, even outright cruel. And at other times have
been troublingly tone deaf. But these two don’t do much
speaking to one another. – [Narrator] Because
underlying all of this. The tennis, the gossip, the stardom, is an icy layer of beef.


  • Reply Cherish O'Neal July 8, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Maria is a clout chaser

  • Reply Steph July 8, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Azarenka is more of her rival…

  • Reply Angie Smith July 8, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Maria a loser 🗯😆🤦‍♀️🗯

  • Reply Angie Smith July 8, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Serena Williams World greatest Female tennis 🎾 player G.O.A.T 💯🗯☝️🗯👑🗯❤️🗯

  • Reply Sandra Winfrey July 8, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Tennis is like hockey with seriously aggressive players

  • Reply Chi Eg July 8, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you for talking about one of the most bizarre "rivalries." If I were Serena, I wouldn't bother to even discuss Sharapova who is nowhere in her league. Sharapova is barely in Venus's league!

  • Reply Wolfen443 July 9, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    WOMEN, MAN they always get PERSONAL and turn it into a catfight in these sport rivalries, even if Serena still leads this one 19-2 so far.

  • Reply mallen922 July 9, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Sharapova was doping most of her career to compete with Serena. She wanted to be Serena so badly.

  • Reply Paul Mcginest July 10, 2019 at 2:26 pm


  • Reply Tony Sanders July 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    If you can't beat em, write books and do drugs.

  • Reply pete mama July 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    That was weird. Race is or isn't involved. They are jealous or are not; of each other.

  • Reply Dr Worktops July 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Isn't it funny that the most supportive person to Maria during the drug issue was Serena.

  • Reply Joe Niccoli July 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    It's too bad Sharipova got too tall, when she was 5'11'' to 6ft she was utterly awesome. Now it takes her way too long to stop and get started again. I was really looking forward the the "rivalry'' I thought we were in store for but it never happened. They list her at 6'2'' but she's actually over 6'3''

  • Reply Tony outlaw July 11, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Serena Williams owns her! Serena is the GOAT = greatest of all times !!!

  • Reply TheoKabala89 July 12, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I've watched the 2012 Olympics final a lot. It just makes me so happy. 🤣😂😭

  • Reply Rocco English July 12, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    THANK YOU for referring to this as a “beef” and not a “rivalry”!!!!

  • Reply kuni katsuya July 12, 2019 at 11:14 pm


  • Reply Colonizer: Plant or animal that inhabits an area July 13, 2019 at 2:59 am

    One is hot; one is not.

  • Reply casanova0102 July 13, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Men play better

  • Reply Matt Warren July 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Annnndddd she lost

  • Reply Joseph Agnello July 13, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Serena . . . . DISGUSTING $!!!!!!!

  • Reply Joseph Agnello July 13, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Sharatova has CLASS,GRACE !

  • Reply mdura1983 July 13, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Maria’s ass is the real MVP. It has taken so much punishment from Serena, and still alive.

  • Reply 2centavos July 14, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    This is so bitchy

  • Reply Peter Kariuki July 14, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Don't let you distract you for the fact that sharapova doesn't wear a bra.

  • Reply Peter Kariuki July 14, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Do a video on beef between LeBron on Delonte West.

  • Reply Evgeni Kolarov July 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm


  • Reply Konstantin Chernenko July 14, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    You sound like you have a personal vendetta against Sharapova. I wonder why…….

  • Reply Red John July 15, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Girls can't beat boys

  • Reply SunnyD July 15, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Well done

  • Reply Jason Sullivan July 15, 2019 at 2:22 am

    This was a really, really lame "beef" episode.

  • Reply Lorenzo Scott July 15, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Rivalry 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Reply Jean Champagne July 15, 2019 at 4:53 am

    she isnt one of the greatest athletes of all time. Not even close. She's the best female tennis player in the world.

  • Reply Nehal Naveen July 15, 2019 at 9:00 am

    This is more of a career highlights rather than beef

  • Reply blimy01 Maynard July 15, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Graf and Sanchez-Vicario may be the only bigger win disparity.

  • Reply Christopher Yan July 16, 2019 at 7:46 am

    I know for years marsha has been a sweetheart to people, but the more interviews of her I watch the more I come to the conclusion that she was always a jealousy and grudge filled, petty person who had no healthy outlet to her shortcomings but through passive aggressive and hating on others.

  • Reply Dwight Cook July 16, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Venus is not one of the greatest athletes lmao. There are men. End of story.

  • Reply Thaddeus Boyd July 17, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Damn I didn’t know she lost THAT many times to Serena 😂

  • Reply Мистер Клин July 17, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    0:25 bottom right corner

  • Reply Admiral Xizor July 18, 2019 at 2:19 am

    "I apologize… if you were offended…"



  • Reply Darryl M July 18, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    She hated Serena ..There is a clip of during a break at a match Maria's couch nearly slipped out calling Serena the N-word…Besides all the public BS, there is no love lost between the two.

  • Reply Eduardo Castillo July 18, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Nice history best regards

  • Reply visit my playlist July 19, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Ugh… serena killed this girl but still is ass after abusing the hell out of that umpire with lies.

  • Reply stripedsweater520 July 19, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    honestly screw Sharapova she's a sore loser and was only really relevant when she was talking about Serena.

  • Reply Jan Anthony Adaoag July 20, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Im waiting on kobe's beef with shaq and the collapse of the lakers twice after winning 5 rings

  • Reply Christina Pansy July 20, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    The Williams "sisters" are actually men. Look into it. Do a search for "Serena Williams transvestigation" to learn more.

  • Reply Tyler Francescone July 20, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    We can’t forget how Serena lost to a man ranked in the 200s after she said she could beat anyone in the top 100s, and when I mean he beat her he literally demolished her

  • Reply Shirley Marie July 21, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Oh what a beautiful young women Maria is Absolutely outstandingly beautiful 💯💐💐💐💐💐💐👌💐💐💐💐💐

  • Reply Tom Stocken July 21, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Greatest pro ‘women’s athletes ‘ in history.

  • Reply Green Orchid July 21, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    It's not " so called" It WAS IS always the SERENA SLAM!👏 👏👏👏👏yeah conventionally attractive???meaning? Oh right, media and advertising…😲

  • Reply gibson gibson l July 21, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Serena will tare any man limb per limb…..and that’s a fact!

  • Reply J Acosta July 22, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Bruhhhh Serena whoops Maria, while Maria was all up on drugs for performance, bbyyyyyyeeeeeee mariaaaaaaa

  • Reply M Chaney July 22, 2019 at 3:11 am

    her biggest problem was being born in Russia when AMericans dominated all media. Sherapova was and is still a beast BUT USA BABY! as much as i love fellow "democracies" and my love for all athletes, Serena beat her ass way more than she lost, and as an American I am PROUD of that. never failed a drug test, and still whooped dat ass..

  • Reply Hamid Mohaddes July 22, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Roddick beat both of them at their best 6-0 6-0 😂😂

  • Reply Soccer America July 23, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Women can't play good tennis. Low level. It sucks so hard. Serena is super ugly.

  • Reply Tommy Gun Nino July 23, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    SB Do Isiah Thomas Vs Michael Jordan

  • Reply Hervard Buond July 23, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    This is a good video but u need to stop being such a white night whenever you talk about female athletics

  • Reply Aliana Wood July 24, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Not to be rude, but it can't really be a rivalry when one wins so much more often than the other. Like, a rivalry has to be competitive. If I see a Maria vs. Serena match, I can be like 80% certain that Serena will win. That isn't a rivalry.

  • Reply Manikandeshwar Sasidhar July 25, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Everyone is ugly on the inside. Except Serena, she's ugly on the outside too

  • Reply CC July 26, 2019 at 6:30 am


  • Reply thereal Bubba July 26, 2019 at 6:40 am

    If you think Serena is the greatest tennis player then you’ve obviously never watched or played tennis 😂

  • Reply saltdog14 July 26, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    3:41 Serena Williams is still second to Margaret Court in Grand Slam titles.

  • Reply Johnnie Moore July 27, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Whooped her ass here..and there THIS COMMENTARY GOT ME IN TEARS 😂😂😂😂😂😂IM LAUGHING SO HARD

  • Reply Rasael July 27, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Well there's one thing Serena will never have, and that's the extreme natural beauty of Sharapova.

  • Reply ThePaul Steezo July 28, 2019 at 2:28 pm


  • Reply Charles Martin July 28, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Sb nation stop being messy

  • Reply able street July 28, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    It's annoying that Sharapova was making more money than Serena for all those years. The only consolation I had was seeing Serena whip Maria's ass 19 times in a row!!!! YIPPEE!!

  • Reply dcarsondavis July 29, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Serena is good… But she's no Graf.
    She's also a bad sport.

  • Reply zabaleta July 29, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Sharapova is waaaaay hotter…..Williams is still a horrible person.

  • Reply Dan Westly July 29, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    The amount of blatant racism in the treatment and perception of SW versus Sharipova would be funny if it wasn't utterly disgusting

    To specify not talking about this video but a lot of other media coverage and online communities

  • Reply Darrin Mason July 29, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    I've had a YouTube account for a decade +. I've probably commented on videos a handful of times during that period. Tops. I had to tip my hat to this podcast though. It's really well done, even handed and consistently interesting. Definitely one of my favorites.

  • Reply Monty Graham July 29, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    How is this even beef?

  • Reply Andrew Nason July 29, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    "Sharapova is a great tennis player, Serena is one of the greatest pro athletes in human history." Couldn't have said it better.

  • Reply Maniac Rider July 29, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Sharapova don't make more for tennis.
    She makes more for her beauty.
    Don't hate on her cause she's prettier.

  • Reply Dencod Raikkonen July 31, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Sharapova has barely any friends in the locker room. Why would she be friends with serena.

  • Reply Damon Swinton July 31, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    He smelled Serena's infamous fishy crotch odor! Decided to go get a fresh snatch in Sharapova!

  • Reply Brittany Jackson August 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Great video. You earned a sub today. Can’t wait to see more

  • Reply Dorothy Mays-Pitts August 2, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    If U give Black folks a chance they will dominate any athletic sport we R gifted that way. DP

  • Reply MrAkurvaeletbe August 2, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Like serena wasnt born a male…

  • Reply Greenarcher707 August 4, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Maria’s not going to win. Quote Austin Powers, “That’s a man baby yeah”

  • Reply datacipher August 5, 2019 at 12:12 am

    “Conventionally attractive” – talk about wusses.

  • Reply jacks smirking revenge August 5, 2019 at 5:27 am

    great episode, cheers man

  • Reply MrJohnnyblazed August 6, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Sharapova more money then Serena… both have more money then they came spend!!

  • Reply MiloTheSwift August 6, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Serena is a poor sport, then and now.

  • Reply Santiago Gomez August 6, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Good video

  • Reply Nina Shahidi August 6, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    She’s so jealous of the queen and that’s the bottomline

  • Reply Benoh August 7, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    didnt serena lose a practice game to a 200 rank man? hows she the greatest .??

  • Reply Jakaŭ ישראל August 10, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    They're both great tennis players, If you're a Williams fan no need to hate on Sharapova and vice versa!

  • Reply Leroy Rodgers August 11, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Lol Sharapova was supposed to be her rival…..yeah. that really really didn't happen.

  • Reply Leroy Rodgers August 11, 2019 at 12:27 am

    They really wanted Sharapova to be great because she's an attractive white woman. Meanwhile Serena is quite simply the GOAT so disrespectful.

  • Reply David Dyer August 12, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Sharapova – ONE banned substance which had previously not been banned. Was caught because rules were changed without her knowing.

  • Reply Rishard Life August 12, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Super happy when he mentioned that sharapova got paid more than Serena Williams did even though Serena was the better tennis player for years why is that

  • Reply Manis Themeasure August 12, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    “Beef” is between two rivals. Serena totally owns Sharapova, so any suggestion of beef between these two is wishful thinking on the part of Maria Sharapova. There is a psychological edge favorable to Serena that squashes any beef debate. If Sharapova had not won that single Wimbledon Finals, there would be back and forth between the two.
    The problem is that Sharapova was elevated to stardom even before she won anything, and when she won Wimbledon and over Serena, it was like a prophecy fulfilled. Other than that, there has been no rivalry between the two.

  • Reply Nihilist August 13, 2019 at 2:18 am

    One is definitely better looking thats for sure. One is definitely a better player

  • Reply Gary Pastorchik August 13, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    How would tennis new monarch fare if she competed in more then 6 tournaments a year?

  • Reply Harry Tee August 13, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Haters claim Serena was on drugs but it was their beloved broad sharpova that was cheating LOL

  • Reply Denese Stanley August 13, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Hmmmm Tennis

  • Reply AAD August 14, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Great video!

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