If anyone thinks that both Emma Raducanu and Daniil Medvedev winning the US Open titles was the huge surprise in recent times, tennis managed to give its fans an unexpected and a heartening gift immediately after the tournament’s conclusion at the Met Gala 2021. Long-time rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were all laughs and posed a striking photo together at the event.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova broke the internet with their picture at Met Gala 2021
While the achievements of Raducanu and Medvedev still hold the torch, this surprising patch up between two well-known rivals on and off the tennis court baffled fans as they went haywire on social media, sharing the priceless picture.
Sharapova was in New York last week when she witnessed the men’s singles final action between Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic on Sunday. While she was expected to be one of the best-dressed celebrities at the Met Gala, the camaraderie she shared with Serena came out of nowhere.
I feel like I’m hallucinating.
Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams took a picture together at the #MetGala!?
What in the world?! pic.twitter.com/h57TYdwOBN
— Max Gao • 高俊鹏 • #TIFF21 (@MaxJGao) September 14, 2021
For the unknown, the feud between these two stars started way back in 2004, when a young Maria denied the Wimbledon title to Serena Williams. Since that victory, the Russian managed to beat Serena only one more time over the past 17 years.
The Russian dedicated several pages to Serena Williams in her autobiography titled, ‘Unstoppable: My Life so far’. Not to Serena due to her absolute dominance over Maria, but the Russian has always considered Serena as her biggest rival but couldn’t enjoy much success on-court.
“She’s never forgiven me for it” – Sharapova wrote in autobiography about Serena
In her book, Sharapova wrote about the 2004 Wimbledon final where she defeated the American to clinch her first-ever major title.
“What I heard when I came in to the locker room was Serena Williams bawling. Guttural sobs. I got out as quickly as I could, but she knew I was there. I think she hated me for seeing her at her lowest moment. But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. She’s never forgiven me for it”, quotes from Sharapova’s book.
The duo went public several times regarding their rivalry and the equation they share with each other. But, Serena and Sharapova are definitely in a better place in their lives, personally and professionally as well.
Even though the Russian bid adieu to the game last year, she had different business ventures that keeps her busy. All in all, it was good to see two extremely dedicated tennis players, who shared a bitter relationship over the years, decided to bury their differences and be at peace with the company of each other.
Maybe, they will play an exhibition match together sometime in the future, which will generate huge buzz amongst tennis fans just like the Met Gala photo did.
Kate Middleton’s anger at Prince William over his lifestyle: ‘Making me look bad’
KATE MIDDLETON was left furious with Prince William after he was pictured dancing on a podium alongside another woman just days after another encounter in a nightclub.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced Kate will host a charity Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey next week. Taking place on December 8, the event will be televised in the lead up to Christmas. Kate and William’s increasingly integral role within the Royal Family has also shown the strength of their relationship. Earlier this year, the Cambridges celebrated 10 years of marriage. They didn’t reach the milestone without challenging moments, however, as highlighted by a 2007 report.
It claimed that William had been seen dancing on a podium in Bournemouth, attracting the attention of another woman.
This came just days after newspaper reports claimed William was seen sharing an embrace with a woman while on a “boys’ night out” in Boujis, London.
The newspaper quoted a friend of Kate’s who said the Duchess sent a warning to William.
The friend said: “Kate told William that he was making her look bad.
“She has coped for years with girls flinging themselves at her boyfriend and, for a while, she found it humorous and even flattering.
“But after his recent behaviour she gave him an ultimatum and told him that every time he behaved like that in public he was cheapening her image as well as his own.
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“She told him she wasn’t prepared to be treated like a doormat and that his carefree behaviour was affecting her image.
“She gave him quite a pasting. In the past, she had always let go of things like that, but this really bothered her.”
A family friend of Kate’s added: “Kate rose above all the rumours and just laughed them off, but something recently snapped in her.
“She was irritated when she read about his flirting in Bournemouth and she wasn’t best pleased to hear about the blonde he ended up with on the dance floor at Boujis.”
Kate and William endured a tough year in 2007 when they briefly split.
Reports from April 2007 also claim that William broke up with Kate via a phone call that she received while at work.
Naughty Boy’s unfortunate Meghan Markle error: ‘This is the future’
NAUGHTY BOY made a bold prediction about Meghan Markle’s place in the Royal Family, which sadly turned out to be far from the truth.
Naughty Boy, the music producer who is best known for hits such as Runnin’ and La La La, is already getting stuck into bushtucker trials as he stars in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! He has also clashed with fellow campmate Kadeena Cox over cooking duties as the show begins in dramatic fashion. Naughty boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan, is used to keeping company with big stars, including members of the Royal Family. In February 2018, Naughty Boy performed for royalty as Prince Charles and Camilla hosted a gala dinner for the British Asian Trust.
He admitted he was “petrified” ahead of a performance for the royal couple at Buckingham Palace.
Naughty Boy said: “I was really petrified initially because there’s so much powerful energy here, but it felt right that I should be doing this.”
The DJ said: “I think this is part of the future. The whole culture is shifting to accepting just everything. For the Royal Family to spearhead that ‒ I think that’s amazing.”
Meghan’s life in the Royal Family was far from idyllic, however, as two years of regular criticism and tensions within the family culminated in the Sussexes leaving royal duties behind in 2020.
Meghan and Prince Harry later spoke about their life in the Royal Family with Oprah Winfrey.
Will Andy Murray retire from tennis?
After producing a 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 comeback against Oscar Otte on Wednesday, a match played under the centre court lights with a sense of nostalgia, Andy Murray then bowed out of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Denis Shapovalov on Friday.
That loss once again raised the matter of his retirement. Murray almost retired once, but fought back from undergoing surgeries in 2018 and in 2019, operations that mean he now plays with a metal hip
t had seemed that the Scot was set to retire in 2019, so much so that a farewell video was prepared with messages from tennis legends and the other members of what had been ‘The Big Four’. That came as a shock to the three-time Grand Slam champion as he had never officially stated he’d hang up his racket. But, it did appear that the end was near.
His return at Wimbledon 2021
Murray was able to fight back from his injury nightmare, playing well in doubles and even winning another ATP men’s singles title at the 2019 European Open, his first since March of 2017.
Through a wildcard, he was able to enter Wimbledon in 2021 and spoke ahead of the tournament about how excited he was.
“A few years ago, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to play there ever again,” he told GQ.
“So, even though the last 18 months have been difficult from a tennis perspective, I’ve still been able to play a little bit.
“Unfortunately, I haven’t been at the level that I want as consistently as I wanted to, because of the injuries, but then again before the hip operation I also had come to terms with the fact that I might never play tennis again. So it’s been hard.
“But I’m still excited to be out there and getting the chance to compete in events such as Wimbledon.”
Murray hints at retirement
After bowing out of Wimbledon in the third round, though, Murray was more pessimistic when asked about his future.
“There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and, you know, ultimately I didn’t play how I would want and expect,” he said after his loss to Shapovalov.
“So, it’s like, is it worth it?”
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