Maria Sharapova hits back at Serena Williams over autobiography comments

Maria Sharapova has defended her autobiography in the wake of criticism from Serena Williams.

The two rivals were due to meet in the last 16 at Roland Garros and Sharapova’s book was a hot topic before the clash with Williams critical of it as the Russian claimed “Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds” in the book and the American was reduced to “guttural sobs” after their 2004 Wimbledon final.

Williams, though, hit back and saying “the book was 100 per cent hearsay” and “I didn’t expect to be reading a book about me, that wasn’t necessarily true”.

The French Open clash on Monday was cancelled on the back of the 23-time Grand Slam winner’s withdrawal due to injury, but Sharapova was asked about the comments after her quarter-final defeat to Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday.

“Well, I think it would be strange for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years,” she said.

“I think there is a lot of autobiographies out in the world, especially in the sporting world, that don’t necessarily speak about whether they were rivals or someone they competed against.

“And I think we played many matches. Some of those matches were very defining for me. It would be very strange if I didn’t write anything about her. I think everyone would ask me questions, as well.

“So I’m not entirely sure how to go about that answer. When you’re writing an autobiography, I don’t think there is any reason to write anything that’s not true.”