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Sharapova 'haircut' sparks internet frenzy

A short haircut by Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova provoked a backlash among fans after she posted pictures of the new style on her official Facebook page. She later revealed that the new look was actually a wig that she had put on for a shoot.

The tennis star was shocked by the response which she got from her fans for the new hairdo. "Wow, when I posted those photos with the short hair I had no idea everyone would all go bananza....( my dear friends, I never actually said I cut my hair!)", wrote Sharapova on her official Facebook page as she posted a picture with usual long hair to go along with it.

 

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Maria Sharapova sporting her old hairstyle during a commercial shoot.

The look for the shoot shows the three-time Grand Slam winner still being a blonde, but most of her earlier long hair is now gone, and the new haircut finishes just below her ears.

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Here goes Sharapova's new hairdo up front! Photo: Maria Sharapova Official Facebook Page

"So what do you guys think?? I kind of love it!" she wrote on Facebook.

Some fans were less than complimentary about the new look.

"I am in shock! It's too short!" Singaporean fan Keith Chern commented on Sharapova's Facebook page.

"You've become completely different, also interesting, but I liked you better with the long hair!" said Russian fan Kseniya Maksimenko.

"It's perfect for you," wrote Keita Sugihara from Japan.

Sharapova's new hairstyle even attracted some offers of marriage, but she is engaged to Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic.

In 2012, Sharapova reached the final of the Australian Open, losing to Belarusian player Viktoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-0, and lost in the finals of the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments. She is ranked No. 2 in the world and is eligible to play for Russia at the Olympic Games in London.

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