Serena Williams wrote a public letter to her mother which was published on Reddit. In it, she throws some shade at her rival, Maria Sharapova.
Poignant yet feisty she addresses a few issues including her outward appearance. Which has been a talking point throughout her career.
It comes Sharapova released her book Unstoppable where she describes her as a “colossal figure” among other things.
Although there is no direct reference to Sharapova in the letter. Serena’s description of herself is eerily similar to how she’s portrayed in the Russian also-ran’s memoir.
Williams, who recently gave birth to a daughter, posted the tribute to her mother Oracene Price on Reddit.
In Unstoppable she commented on Williams’ ‘thick arms and legs’ in one of many references to her rival.
Williams wrote yesterday: ‘Dear Mom, You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I’ve gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day….’
Williams also appeared to have a dig at Sharapova’s recent drug ban.
‘I’ve been called man because I appeared outwardly strong,’ she wrote. ‘It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage).’
The two biggest women tennis stars of their generation have a chequered history.
In Unstoppable, in reference to her 2004 Wimbledon final win, Sharapova candidly admitted:
‘I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon.’