I just found this article online
Some Quotes from it
Slava said after the match "It was horrible"
Both players conceded they couldn’t wait for the meeting on Court 11 to be over. Beforehand, they made a little side bet. Winner — not loser — had to buy the drinks the next time they’re out on the town.
King lost the match, won the bet.
“I said, ‘Sorry, Vania,’ ” Shvedova said of their brief conversation at the net when it was over. “She told me it was a very hard match to play and I told her it was exactly the same for me.”
Both players admitted they nearly cried at the end.
“It’s not easy to play against your friend,” King said. “But your personality is tested when you’re under pressure like this. And our friendship gets stronger because of something like this.”
If i was with them, i'd try make them look on the brightside. At least one of them was guerenteed to make it to the 2nd round. Yes, if they didn't draw each other there was a chance of both of them making it, but there was also a chance of none of them making it if they didn't draw each other. Also, i think it's better to lose against a friend than lose to some player you don't even know.
I fully understand though why they were a bit upset about it though, don't get me wrong. Slava has nothing to be sorry for really, it's a sport after all. Slava did what she had to do to win and help with her career. I'm sure that Vania knows this, because she seems to be more positive than Slava and it was Vania that lost.
I've been in the same situation when i boxed. Faced a good friend in a fight. We didn't let it get to us at all, and we joekd about it before hand. I got my assed kicked, i admit, but we just laughed about it afterward and still do.
Chin Up Slava!
I've been in the same situation when i boxed. Faced a good friend in a fight. We didn't let it get to us at all, and we joked about it before hand. I got my ass kicked, i admit, but we just laughed about it afterward and still do.