London: Serena Williams tried to defuse her war of words with Maria Sharapova on Sunday as the Wimbledon champion claimed she had apologised to the Russian for criticising her private life.
Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam winner, infuriated Sharapova by making a thinly-veiled reference to the world number three's relationship with Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov, believed to be Serena's former boyfriend, during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
"She begins every interview with 'I'm so happy. I'm so lucky' -- it's so boring. She's still not going to be invited to the cool parties. And, hey, if she wants to be with the guy with a black heart, go for it," Serena was quoted as saying.