Serena Williams & Maria Sharapova Aren't Mean Girls After All

serena williams maria sharapovaI don't think anyone would call Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams besties. The two tennis superstars have had a long-standing rivalry because, well, they're both bad asses. Serena being the badder. In the eight times the women have played each other, Williams has won six of the games. However, there's a chance of a ninth game if they meet in the quarter-finals at Stanford. Cat-fight!

Not. See, as much as the media loves a good girl-on-girl fight, Maria and Serena actually don't hate each other at all. In fact, I'd go as far as to say the two have a mutual admiration. So, put that in your pipe and smoke it, haters.

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Williams recently talked about Sharapova to reporters:

I really like playing Maria and I really admire her and never giving up and developing the confidence that she has. Always just walking around and having so much aplomb, it’s good. I always admired that, it’s really cool.

And Sharapova, echoing similar sentiments about Williams, said, among other things, that she "loves playing against her." See? They're nice gals. 

Although sports are always a little more exciting when rivalries exist, I've gotta say, something about them existing between women just rubs me the wrong way. Like I said, I think it's because of the way the media paints it. I always get the impression that people reporting on a competitiveness between two female athletes -- especially attractive ones -- are frothing at the mouth when they do so. It's not even about the sport. It's simply tabloid fodder, and I think we're perfectly well-stocked on that already, thankyouverymuch.

The other thing that bugs me about these so-called cat-fights is that I like to think women athletes are a little more evolved than men. Lots of male athletes -- and actors and singers -- tend to come with this obnoxious, machismo attitude. We expect rivalries and fighting from them because they do boneheaded things like cheat on their wives and park their BMWs in two handicap spaces. Women are different. They're smarter, softer, and apparently a lot more boring since we need to make things up about them.

What do you think about rivalries among women in sports?

 

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