London, June 23 (ANI): In a bizarre attack on the growing Russian crowd in the tennis arena, Serena Williams has labelled the Eastern Europeans players as a bunch of nobodies.
"I just know the standard: everyone is from Russia," the Daily Express quoted her, as saying.
Williams wrote on her Twitter page that she doesn't "really recognize anyone," and is so swamped by Eastern bloc-sounding names that she has started considering herself Russian.
"Sometimes I think I'm from Russia, too. I feel like, you know, OK, all these new-ovas. I don't know anyone. I don't really recognize anyone. You know, that's just how it is. I think my name must be Williamsova," she wrote.
Earlier in the day, she came through the first round with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Neuza Silva of Portugal at Wimbledon.
The two-time Wimbledon singles champion admitted that she is never going to be a popular member on the women's circuit, and claimed that she did not invite the "drama" that followed her.
Her father Richard compares her with Mike Tyson, in that both have that aggressive edge, and Serena said: "I'm like one of those girls on a reality show that has all the drama and everyone in the house hates them.
"No matter what they do, drama follows them. I don't want to be that girl. I don't want drama in my career. There always seems to be something happening so people don't support me," she said. (ANI)