World number 3 Maria Sharapova put all her past scuffles with American Serena Williams behind, when she praised the latter by calling her as the greatest athlete. "I watched 2013 US Open Championship final between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, which was a good match," Sharapova stated.
"Serena is considered as one of the greatest tennis champion and she has been leading men’s singles from the beginning of the season. "I have played several best matches along with Serena Williams and it is an amazing feeling to play against American in Grand Slam finals." Sharapova, who pulled out of the U.S.
Open 2013 citing shoulder injury, also withdrew her name from the Toray Pan Pacific Ocean - WTA Premier Event in Tokyo and upcoming China Open 2013.