Maria Sharapova has 'many lovers'

Feb 16, 2013, 02:07 IST | AFP

Maria Sharapova sounded like the most prolific romantic of all the female tennis players on Valentine's Day by suggesting that she had many lovers.

The highest paid female athlete in the world hinted — perhaps tongue-in-cheek — that she might also have the highest sex drive. True or not, her reply, which created a minor sensation, outdid that of all the other players at the Qatar Open.

Asked if she was celebrating Valentine’s Day with the one she loved, Sharapova replied: “Well, I’m in Doha, so my team consists of my coach and my trainer, and my hitter and my physio. I don’t have a love relationship with either one of them, so......” and she tailed off amidst laughter.

She then admitted that she had received “many” messages, adding: “I’m very lucky”. But when asked if she therefore had many lovers, Sharapova, who split with fiance Sasha Vujacic, a former NBA player last year, brazened the question away.

“Maybe,” she said. “Why not, right? Life’s too short.” The Russian outdid Caroline Wozniacki, the former World No 1 from Denmark, who humourously agreed that her boyfriend, the world number one golfer Rory McIlroy, had Valentine’s Day under control.

“He certainly did, yeah. I got a nice bouquet of roses, so that was nice,” said Wozniacki. “And maybe something else too — but that’s private,” she added.
Wozniacki was prepared to reveal that she sent McIlroy something too.

“He hasn’t received it yet, though,” she said. “But I think it should be there any minute. It’s, like, just a lot of chocolate, a huge basket of chocolates.” 

Qatar Open Results
> Maria Sharapova (3) bt Sam Stosur (8) 6-2, 6-4
> Victoria Azarenka (1) bt Sara Errani (6) 6-2, 6-2 

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