The sigh of disappointment from Maria Sharapova's male admirers was almost audible at Wimbledon. The leggy Russian champion surprised fans more used to seeing their heroine in diamond-studded sportswear and Swan Lake-inspired tennis whites by announcing plans to "debut" a new toned down look for this year's championship.
"Believe it or not, I'm going to be wearing men's shorts," teased world number two Maria, who wore a blue pair during a practice session on Sunday. "Call it menswear. It's kind of a tuxedo look, very simple lines, classic."
While Maria kept supporters guessing about her choice of outfits for the tournament with her tongue-in-cheek remarks, one thing was certain - she's back on winning form. In January the 21-year-old took her third Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and she's out to take back the number one spot from Serbian Ana Ivanovic.