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Maria Sharapova: 'Serena Williams called me little bit**'

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by Gatto Luigi

When you read a famous athlete's book, it's not unusual that he or she criticizes a rival or famous person just to make it interesting. Maria Sharapova is the latest to join the group. The five-time Grand Slam champion recalled when as 17-year-old upset Serena Williams at 2004 Wimbledon semi-finals.

'When the match was over, Serena hugged me. She said something like ‘Good job.’ And smiled,’ Sharapova wrote in her book 'Unstoppable: My life so far. 'What I heard when I came into the locker room was Serena bawling.

Guttural sobs. I got out as quick as I could, but she knew I was there.' Sharapova, who has a 2-19 head-to-head against the American said, ‘I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon.

But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. Not long after the tournament, I heard Serena told a friend – who then told me – “I will never lose to that little b**** again.' The Russian player obviously spoke also about her 15-month doping ban due to Meldonium.

'How does it enhance performance? It doesn’t. It seems the officials banned it merely because it was being used by so many Eastern Europeans. ‘They must be taking it for a reason’ – something like that.' ALSO READ: Elena Vesnina: 'Mladenovic speaks about Sharapova to attract media .

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