During a first-set changeover in No. 2 Maria Sharapova's 6-4, 6-1 victory over No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in Sunday's Stuttgart final, the two bumped into each other during an abrupt exchange at the net. Because we love conflict (and because the biggest tournaments this week feature Irina-Camelia Begu and Flavio Cipolla as seeds), Busted Racquet breaks down the replay.
Though I believe Azarenka and Sharapova would happily drop a shoulder into one another if the occasion arose, this appears to be nothing major. Neither woman wanted to give up her right of way while passing the net, so each held her ground defiantly, yet respectfully. It's like when you grudgingly let another car merge before you but make sure to let them know that you know that they should know that you could have gone first if you really wanted.
A confluence of seven factors led to the bump heard 'round the (tennis) world. They're detailed in the picture below.