Bound at the top of the game by an obvious mutual antipathy are Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, who face each other in a highly-charged semi-final at Wimbledon today.
Williams, 33, is the more physically powerful, with a ferocious temper and the mindset of a battling champion.
However, that was the year Sharapova went on to beat Williams and win Wimbledon.
In Touch Weekly reported on Wednesday that Kendra Wilkinson, 30, is still so repulsed by her husband Hank Baskett after his alleged 2014 affair with transsexual model Ava London that she wants to end her marriage of six years.
They keep up a front: Wilkinson has stayed with Hank for this long because it has been 'good for ratings,' it was claimed.
The depths of enmity between her and Serena Williams became apparent when Williams gave an interview in 2013 to Rolling Stone magazine.
Williams hadn’t expected that her comments would be made public — and was greatly embarrassed when they were. Step forward Bulgarian tennis heart-throb Dimitrov — sometimes known as Baby Fed because he reminds tennis fans of the great Roger Federer. I do make mistakes — like every human does — but the last relationship just was too much of a heartbreak for me. It was hard.’Sharapova said: ‘If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids.’ Mouratoglou, who has two children and an ex-wife, remains very much on the scene.
Richard decided when they were toddlers that she and older sister Venus would be tennis stars.
Nick Bollettieri, who taught both Williams and Sharapova at his academy in Florida, said: ‘They’re great girls but they’re completely different, in as much as Maria was always business, always tough as nails, even when she was nine or ten.‘Serena is also driven on the court, brought up to be a brilliant competitor and a wonderful person.They also have fathers who were omnipresent in their early years, exercising enormous control.Maria was raised in Siberia, from where the family moved following the Chernobyl disaster.Serena Williams always ties her shoelaces in the same way, uses the same shower at Wimbledon before each match, and bounces the ball five times before her first serve and twice before the second.It is also said that she will wear the same pair of socks throughout a winning run. Sharapova hails from a remote oil town in Siberia; Williams from an Los Angeles ghetto.Sharapova hates standing on court lines, and will hop over them between points.