Serena Williams attempts to defuse Sharapova row
Williams has refused to escalate the war of words between the two players ahead of Wimbledon
Tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have been at logger-heads over the last few days as the Russian star reacted badly to comments made by the American concerning a sexual assault case.
The two players faced each other a few weeks ago at the US Open in the final, which ended in Serena Williams picking up the trophy, but since then, the two have been commenting on each other away from tennis.
The situation came about after Williams made comments about the 16-year-old girl that was sexually assaulted in America.
She reportedly said: "I'm not blaming the girl, but if you're a 16-year-old and you're drunk like that, your parents should teach you -- don't take drinks from other people."
"She's 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn't remember? It could have been much worse. She's lucky. Obviously I don't know, maybe she wasn't a virgin, but she shouldn't have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that's different."
In response Sharapova said to reporters: "I just think she should be talking about her accomplishments, her achievements, rather than everything else that's just getting attention and controversy.”
"If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids.
"She has so much in her life, many positives, and I think that's what it should be about."
The ball was then in Williams' court as she was then questioned about her relationship with Sharapova during her pre-Wimbledon interview and she did her best to cool down the situation.
"Unfortunately Maria was inadvertently brought into a situation she should have never been," said Williams, 31.
"I'm the first person to apologise. I'm the first person to reach out to individuals and people if I feel that something may have hurt them or something may have been misconstrued.
"I personally talked to Maria at the player party. I said; 'Look, I want to personally apologise to you if you are offended by being brought into my situation. I want to take this moment to just pour myself, be open, say I'm very sorry for this whole situation'."
"We always have great conversations, so I believe that she definitely did accept it [the apology]," said the American.
"I'm not really going to comment on that (Sharapova's reaction), whether I'm disturbed or not.
"I know she also said that I should definitely focus on the tennis here, and I feel like that is another thing I can definitely take her advice on.
"Maybe I wasn't focused enough in the past on tennis. I'm definitely going to try to focus on that for the next two weeks."
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