Eagle-eyed followers on social media seen one thing uncommon in a photograph taken by two music stars on the Met Gala in New York.
The Williams sisters’ show of affection with Maria Sharapova wasn’t only for present.
Tennis followers had been extremely stunned to see Sharapova and the 2 Americans get collectively on the unique Met Gala in New York this week because the Russian posted a photograph of the trio to her Instagram.
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Venus shared the snap on her social media channels, as did Serena — which got here as a shock contemplating her icy rivalry with Sharapova.
They weren’t simply placing on some faux smiles for the digicam, as one other image revealed they had been within the rest room collectively at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Brazilian pop star Anitta and American rapper Saweetie posed for a photograph and eagle-eyed sleuths on social media seen within the reflection of the mirror, Serena could possibly be seen standing subsequent to Sharapova and smiling.
Sharapova, who received 5 grand slam titles, has been open about not eager to make mates with other gamers throughout her profession as she sought to take care of a aggressive edge.
Without doubt her fiercest rivalry was with Serena, who received 20 of the pair’s 22 matches — together with three main finals — and loved a 16-year, 19-match profitable streak.
The rivalry began when a 17-year-old Sharapova beat Williams within the 2004 Wimbledon decider. In her 2017 autobiography, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, Sharapova talked about Williams by identify greater than 100 instances, while emphasising the pair had been “not friends”.
“What I heard when I came in to the locker room was Serena Williams bawling,” she wrote in regards to the aftermath of her 2004 Wimbledon victory.
“Guttural sobs. I got out as quickly as I could, but she knew I was there.
“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds … I think she hated me for seeing her at her lowest moment.
“But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. She’s never forgiven me for it.”
In 2018 Williams mentioned she was dissatisfied with claims made about her in Sharapova’s ebook.
“I think the book was 100 per cent hearsay, at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing,” Williams mentioned.
“I have cried in the locker room many times after a loss, and that’s what I have seen a lot of people do. I think it’s normal.
“It’s a Wimbledon final, you know. So it’s just, like, I think it would be more shocking if I wasn’t in tears.”
Williams was additionally stunned to see how a lot of the ebook was about her.
“The book was a lot about me. I was surprised about that, to be honest. You know, I was, like, ‘Oh, OK’. I didn’t expect to be reading a book about me, that wasn’t necessarily true,” she mentioned a couple of years in the past.
“I didn’t know she looked up to me that much or was so involved in my career.
“I don’t have any negative feelings towards her, which again, was a little disappointing to see in that hearsay book.
“Especially having a daughter, I feel like negativity is taught. One of the things I always say, I feel like women, especially, should bring each other up.
“A lot of people always assume that I feel a different way and it’s not true.
“If anything, I feel like we should encourage each other, and the success of one female should be the inspiration to another, and I have said that 1000 times.”