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Williams, who had beaten Sharapova at a tournament in Miami earlier that year, was playing Wimbledon while recovering from injury.
Sharapova ultimately faced Williams in the championship, which saw Sharapova in the zone and Williams looking a little rusty after some time off; Sharapova came away with a dominating win and a boatload of expectations.
Sharapova and Williams would play again that year at the season-ending WTA Tour Championships, with Sharapova winning again.
But she made her way through the draw, notching a comeback win in the semifinals after being a set down against American Lindsay Davenport, who was seeded fifth.“But, to me, the real answer was there, in this locker room, where I was changing and she was bawling.I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon.” Williams is a prominent fixture in Sharapova’s book and in many of the popular narratives surrounding Sharapova.That’s a huge reason there’s so much interest in her memoir: People want to read Sharapova’s take on 13 years of losses to Williams and find out whether she thinks she’s capable of beating Williams again.Maria Sharapova is an entertaining tennis player — but more so off the court than on.