Former French tennis player Emilie Loit, former n. 27 in the women’s singles and 15 in the women’s doubles, attacked Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, the two greatest tennis players of the last 20 years, harshly, accusing them of lack of sympathy in the locker room and generally on the Tour.
Loit spoke of a tense climate with the two, like an episode that happened a few seasons ago in Australia. She said: “Serena and Maria don’t even say hello to you. They don’t look at you at all, but I don’t despise them of course. Serena insulted me in Australia and I was very happy. She could have insulted me with all the names, but she used mine. It was a kind of pride for me. “
Emilie, in her career, has won three WTA titles, all on clay. In doubles, on the other hand, she has won 16 trophies, in addition to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, Roland Garros and the US Open. The high point of her career, however, with the French national team. In 2003 you won the Fed Cup with your national team.
We have to recall that Serena Williams, twenty-three-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments was the most anticipated on the women’s Tour and a fall in the seventh game of the first set, which forced the American into a quick withdrawal in the first round of Wimbledon 2021.
Serena Williams left the court in tears and cheers in what could have been her last big chance to reach the 24th Grand Slam. Strong emotions for Serena Williams yesterday with the very upset American and that she even preferred to avoid having a press conference and talking to the media.
Serena preferred to send everyone a precise statement about her feelings and this very difficult moment: “It broke my heart that I had to retire due to an injury to my right leg. My love and gratitude go out to all the fans and my team who make it so meaningful to be on the center court. Feeling the extraordinary warmth and support of the crowd both when I entered and when I left the court meant a lot to me.”
Maria Sharapova, on February 26, 2020, through two interviews granted to Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines, announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 32; cause of her retirement, as explained by herself, was her body, worn out and no longer able to recover from the countless injuries suffered in recent years.