Serena Williams has revealed she "loved" chatting to fellow tennis legend Maria Sharapova at the Met Gala last month.
Tennis fans were taken by surprise when Sharapova posted a photo of herself, Serena and Venus Williams at the Met Gala. The photo showed the three women posing and laughing together.
Eagle-eyed fans then spotted Serena Williams and Sharapova chatting jovially in the background of a photo posted by American rapper Saweetie.
It had long been believed that the Williams sisters and Sharapova did not get on, a result of their bitter rivalry on the court. But following a storm on social media, Venus Williams offered an explanation for the photos.
She said she and her sister were "so happy" to see Sharapova, putting to bed rumours of a fractious relationship between the trio.
Serena Williams has now commented on the meeting while responding to a fan on her Instagram Story, taking the opportunity to rave about Sharapova.
"I got a chance to hang out with her at Met Gala," she said of Sharapova. "She’s fun. We talked, we clicked, we laughed. We talked about tennis, and it was really, really fun, and I loved it."
Williams also tagged Sharapova in the video, showing just how well the pair currently get on.
The origins of the rivalry rumours can be traced back to 2004, when Sharapova claimed in her autobiography that Serena Williams resented her for "being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon."
In the memoir, Sharapova recalls Williams crying after the 2004 final and saying, "I will never lose to that little bitch again."
Russia’s Sharapova did beat Williams one more time, overcoming the American star at the WTA Tour Championships in the same year. But Williams ensured she never lost again, winning the next 20 match-ups between the pair.
Sharapova retired from tennis last year with five Grand Slam titles to her name. Her career was somewhat tainted by a failed drugs test in 2016, for which she served a 15 month suspension.
Both Williams sisters are still playing tennis, with Serena hunting for an elusive 24th Grand Slam title. Venus has triumphed at seven Grand Slams so far.News Now - Sport News