Venus Williams explains backstory behind photo with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at Met Gala

Venus Williams at the Met Gala

A picture of Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova laughing in the bathroom is not something that the tennis community expected to see, but it happened at the Met Gala and Venus has given more detailed about their encounter.

The Williams sisters and Sharapova were fierce rivals on the WTA Tour and it was no secret that they didn’t hang out away from the court either with many reporting that they didn’t get along at all.

Sharapova, though, retired at the beginning of 2020 and not too many people would have expected to see them mingle a year later, but they did.

The trio were pictured together at the Met Gala on Monday evening and they shared an image on their Instagram Stories.

But another photo of them did the rounds on social media as they were spotting laughing in the background of an image that was taken in the bathroom.

Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Venus Williams in the background of Met Gala bathroom picture

Of course it had the tennis community talking on social media and Venus gave more detail about their meeting at the Met Gala, adding that the Williams sisters “respect and love Maria”.

“First of all, Serena and I were talking about Maria the day before,” she revealed. “We were like, ‘Damn, I wish Maria was still playing.’

“And we saw her, and we both told her separately, ‘Oh my gosh, we were just talking about you yesterday, we wish you were still on Tour.’

“We were so happy to see each other. There was hugs, there was laughing, there were stories, and there was a photo. ”

She added: “So the backstory is that even though us players compete really hard of the court for years, we still respect and love each other, and love Maria.”