After a tough loss Wednesday to Timea Bacsinszky, tennis superstar Maria Sharapova was in better spirits today. On a flight out of Wuhan (to Beijing?), Sharapova took this photo of someone in a row ahead of her reading about the 5-time Grand Slam champion.
Hey buddy, I'm right behind you… :) pic.twitter.com/deVaMfetzr
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) September 25, 2014
Did she really take the picture? Did her “buddy” ever turn around and notice the woman on his newspaper was sitting right behind him? And would a global icon Sharapova really fly coach class, middle seat in a crowded plane?
UPDATE: On Tuesday in Beijing, Sharapova talked about the photo, saying she never spoke to the guy.
“I thought it was quite a funny moment because it’s happened before to me where I’ve been on the plane and someone has been reading an article in the sports section,” Sharapova said. “You see a picture of yourself. Sometimes you just kind of want to like hide because you don’t know if they are aware you’re right next to them or behind them. Yeah, just kind of put my phone up and took a picture. Actually turned out you could see me in the paper and the person reading it. I thought it was quite funny, but I didn’t know it would become so popular.”
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