Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova has termed Russian tennis beauty Maria Sharapova as an arrogant and self-loving person. Sharapova is currently serving a provisional suspension by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for failing a drug test, and Cibulkova spoke out against the Russian during an interview ahead of a tournament in her home city of Bratislava.
Dominika Cibulkova and Maria Sharapova. Pics/Getty Images
"She's a totally unlikeable person. Arrogant, conceited and cold. When I sit beside her in the locker room, she won't even say 'hello'," Cibulkova was quoted as saying by New Zealand Herald. The 26-year-old 2014 Australian Open finalist further said that she was surprised at the diplomatic reactions to Sharapova's dope test failure
"I was surprised that most of the reactions were so diplomatic because everyone's opinion is actually totally different. I didn't make any statement, as I didn't want to be the only person to openly say what they think about this case. I will only say that I don't feel sorry at all for Sharapova and I don't miss her on the tour," added Cibulkova.
Sharapova herself has been pretty vocal about the fact that she doesn't believe in being friends with players on the circuit. "I'm not really close to many players. I think just because you're in the same sport, it doesn't mean you have to be friends with everyone," the five-time Grand Slam winner had said in 2013. Meanwhile, a former coach, quoted by the New York Post on condition of anonymity, seconded Cibulkova's opinion about Sharapova.
"She is very cold. When Maria walks into (the players' lounge), things will stop mid-sentence. Her camp (coaches, trainers, assistants) and even Grigor Dimitrov (her ex-boyfriend) would be chatting with everyone, and when she (Sharapova) would walk in, Grigor and her coach would make eye contact and stop socialising. It became a joke among everyone," said the coach.