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June 24, 2013

Wimbledon spat

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That is followed by these words in parentheses from the writer: “An educated guess is she’s talking about Sharapova, who is now dating Grigor Dimitrov, one of Serena’s rumored exes.”

On Sunday, Williams said: “I made it a point to reach out to Maria. ... I said, ‘Look, I want to personally apologize to you if you are offended by being brought into my situation. I want to take this moment to ... be open, say I’m very sorry.”’

Williams repeatedly used some version of the phrase “inadvertently brought into a situation” to describe the way Sharapova got involved.

“It’s important what I’ve learned this week — mostly that it’s so important to know all the facts before you make a comment or before you make an assumption,” Williams said. “That’s something I’m still learning.”

There were other subjects discussed Sunday, if only briefly.

Those included Williams’ first-round opponent (92nd-ranked Mandy Minella of Luxembourg).

And how Williams feels when she’s not the favorite to win a title (”Not so often,” she noted).

And what it’s like to be at Wimbledon without the 33-year-old Venus, who also is a five-time champion but is sidelined by a lower back injury and will sit out the tournament for the first time since 1996.

“I feel so lonely. I feel like something is missing. So I talk to her all the time — more than usual,” the younger Williams said.

“Before I left, she said, ‘Snap out of it. It’s time for you to pass me.’ So that was really encouraging,” Williams continued. “Hopefully I’ll be able to do it.”

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