"Oh you have a lot of nerve even sitting in her presence": Navratilova awkwardly sits a row away from Sharapova at US Open final after GOAT jibe

Monday, 11 September 2023 at 09:18
The presence of Martina Navratilova and Maria Sharapova in the US Open final generated reactions from the fans.
This unusual encounter took place at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows while Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka competed for the title.
The context of this meeting is related to a previous controversy. Martina Navratilova, a tennis legend with 18 Grand Slam titles, expressed her disbelief at Maria Sharapova's inclusion in a survey that compared her to tennis greats like Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, Sharapova, and Navratilova herself.
Navratilova described Sharapova's inclusion, who has five Grand Slam titles, as a "joke" and discouraged fans from voting in the survey.
This situation led tennis fans to share amusing and surprised reactions upon seeing Navratilova and Sharapova together at the US Open. Although both tennis players have remarkable stories and achievements, Navratilova's criticism sparked a debate about who deserves to be considered the greatest tennis player of all time.
Their presence in the stadium during the thrilling final added an additional element of interest and conversation to the world of tennis.
“I think you turned women's tennis around, showed women how fitness could get them further.. You are my number one! For Maria...really?? Great at yelling but not tennis!”
“Sharapova…… The former world No1 was crowned the world's hottest athlete for four consecutive years during her career and was regularly included in lists of top beautiful celebrities. And the 6ft 2ins tennis superstar has proven she has not lost any of her glamour since hanging up her racket in 2020.”
“All of these tennis legends have left an indelible mark on the sport, but when it comes to the title of the best female tennis player of all time, Serena Williams' achievements and dominance over the years have certainly placed her among the greatest.”

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