Maria Sharapova blasted Serena Williams on Saturday for the American’s controversial comments over a high-profile rape case and even criticised the Wimbledon champion’s private life.
In an astonishing attack on the world number one, which comes just two days before Wimbledon gets underway, Sharapova told Williams to keep her opinions to herself.
Williams, the 16-time Grand Slam title-winner, was forced to apologise for her comments regarding the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school American football players in the Ohio town of Steubenville.
Sharapova, who has not beaten her great rival since 2004, also appeared to criticise Williams’s love life.
The American has been linked romantically with her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Williams got involved in the Ohio rape case story by giving an interview to Rolling Stone magazine.
On Wednesday, Williams apologised.
Sharapova said she always make a point of trying to keep her private life under wraps.