Maria Sharapova revealed that she urged Serena Williams to make a comeback following her injury, which she suffered in 2021. Williams competed at the 2022 US Open where she crashed out in the 3rd round.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova shared great rivalry on court. (Reuters Photo)
- Maria Sharapova said that Serena Williams is much more better than current players
- Sharapova met Williams during the Met Gala 2021 and urged her to make a comeback
- Serena Williams competed at the 2022 Wimbledon and the recent US Open
Former Russian star Maria Sharapova said that she tried to convince the American legend Serena Williams to make a comeback to the court in spite of her injury concerns.
Sharapova urged Williams by saying she was much better than the current crop of players and needed to give herself another chance. The two Grand Slam champions met during the Met Gala last year.
“We spoke about it at the Met last year during this time of year and I said no disrespect to this generation but you are so much better and you need to go out there, so I’m glad that she had a chance here,” Sharapova said while commentating on the semi-final match between Ons Jabeur and Caroline Garcia for ESPN.
Williams made a comeback at the 2022 Wimbledon after nursing her leg injury which she suffered during the 2021 edition of the Championships. Her return was cut short as she crashed out in the first round of the 2022 Wimbledon. Williams then announced that the countdown had begun for her to evolve away from her playing career.
Since her impending retirement announcement in Vogue’s September issue, Williams lost in the second round at the Canadian Open, followed by a first-round exit at the Cincinnati Open. Williams then entered the year-end major event – the US Open, where the organisers scheduled all her matches in the late evening at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Before each of her matches, a montage celebrating Williams’s contribution was played as she entered the court. She went onto turn the clock as she progressed to the third round where Ajla Tomljanovic ended her campaign.
Williams also joined forces with her sister Venus in the doubles event at Flushing Meadows, but the siblings were knocked out in their first match. Serena has not explicitly said when she will retire from the sport as she teased her fans and media with a hint that she might show up for the Australian Open next year.
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