The recent photo of Maria Sharapova, supposedly one of the most beautiful women in the world and definitely the hottest babe on the WTA Tour, is rather shocking. Look at it closely (click to enlarge): Her hair is mousey, her skin is ghastly, her eyes are puffy and she looks much, much older than her years. If we squint, we swear we can see signs of five o’clock shadow. Published on the WTA website, even the tournament itself knew how bad it was. As a result, when they wanted to publish a photo array to draw some publicity, it was followed by a large number of photos of our gal Shamapova taken years ago, even at the beginning of her career, as if we’d forget about this one.
Maria, of course, has good reason to be aging rapidly. And no, we’re not talking about her psycho father Yuri, either.
No longer ranked even in the top 10 and booted summarily out of this year’s first grand slam like she was a journeywoman, Maria was reduced to a desperate bid for a win, any win, by entering a lowly tournament in Memphis where she was the #1 seed and the #2 was not ranked in the top 50 in the world. Maria’s semi-finals adversary was ranked #68 in the world, and her opponent in the finals was a laughable qualifier ranked #79. Way to go, Maria! Maybe next up for you is a devastating victory over an senior citizen in a motorized wheelchair!
Is the Russian so wretched that she’s forced to stoop as low as this to build her confidence and avoid a total breakdown?
You bet she is.