“She’s my best friend now” Serena Williams revealed the reasons for her friendship with Maria Sharapova

Serena Wiliams and Maria Sharapova are longtime rivals on the pitch, facing each other 22 times. Their fierce rivalry even sometimes made fans think they hated each other. On the other hand, it was no secret that Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki have a friendly relationship and they have both been good friends for quite some time.

So it was a bit of a surprise when the great American tennis player said that Sharapova was the one who was her best friend.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Serena revealed that her current best friend Sharapova is the first person the tennis legend calls to discuss all of her day-to-day business. Being a mother has brought these two closer than ever.

The former Russian tennis player also praised Serena and her sister Venus for their remarkable fight against the gender pay gap. Being in the world of tennis, she herself experienced this discrimination on the fringes. They had neither equal pay nor equal rights to be a woman in sport. Maria admired Venus Williams’ fearless fight for equal prize money in each of her press conferences.

Sharapova also commented on the legend’s retirement at the 2022 US Open, saying the moment was well deserved for her. For the Siberian mermaid, seeing the Serena shine and perform was the best gift for her, as the tennis great wanted to come out much stronger than how she played at Wimbledon. Watching the King of WTA raise her game with courage and grace was extraordinarily spectacular for the Russian. It shows how much Sharapova respected Serena and wished her success.

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