Maria Sharapova — the name has oomph and glamour attached to it. When the four-time Grand Slam champion showed up in New Delhi yesterday there was that unmistaken mystique in the tennis majesty. The six-foot-two World No 2 Russian expectedly turned heads when she walked in with an air of elegance. It’s her first visit to India where, she herself admitted, she has countless fans. She didn’t forget to talk of the dosa (pancake made from the batter of rice and black lentils) she had and how nice it tasted.
Maria Sharapova in Delhi yesterday. Pic/AFP
“I have tremendous amount of fans in this country and it feels great to get such a warm welcome. It has been a remarkable year for me and now I have a nice little break which has allowed me to come here,” said Sharapova, who looked stunning wearing a blazer and a black skirt.
The 25-year-old, here to announce her partnership with a UK-based real estate company “Well, it is just the hair and make-up you know. I don't wake up looking like this,” quipped Sharapova when a scribe called her pretty.
Here only for a day, Sharapova said: “I arrived last night and asked the chef what should I try of the Indian food. I had a dosa which tasted
I wanted to have this great Indian experience. There is so much energy in the city. I really like the culture and people. You all have been really welcoming.”
Asked she is looking at films and modelling as career options after tennis, the highest-paid women athlete said: “I really have no time for anything other than tennis now.” Sharapova promised to return to India soon and visit the Taj Mahal. —