Shara­pova ex­plains Ser­ena feud

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MARIA Shara­pova, who beat Ser­ena Wil­liams at Wim­ble­don in 2004, writes about their bit­ter ri­valry in new book “Un­stop­pable: My Life So Far” — and ad­mits she doesn’t like the ten­nis great, but re­spects her. “I re­spect Ser­ena. I mean how can I say that I like some­one that’s beaten me 19 times? That’d be silly,” Shara­pova told Katie Couric at the 92nd Street Y, af­ter mak­ing a come­back ap­pear­ance at the US Open fol­low­ing a dop­ing ban. She added, “To me, re­spect is a very im­por­tant word . . . That’s why I use the word re­spect when I talk about Ser­ena. Be­cause I know how much it takes, and I know how much she had to work in her up­bring­ing with­out com­ing from any money, with hav­ing a tough child­hood and mak­ing it. Go­ing against diver­sity and be­ing in a po­si­tion where she is now, it would be very wrong for me to sit here and say I have no re­spect for her.” Wil­liams, mean­while, just gave birth to her daugh­ter with fi­ancé Alexis Oha­nian,

Alexis Olympia Oha­nian Jr. For­mer US Open champ Shara­pova en­tered 2017’s tour­na­ment as a wild card and made it to the fourth round.

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