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01 December 2023

'Stalker' quizzes Sharapova at Aussie Open

Russian ace Maria Sharapova. (AFP)


Russian ace Maria Sharapova accused a New Zealand journalist of "stalking" her after he asked if she spent time with Anna Kournikova and frequented a club for "hot Russians".

"You're the guy from New Zealand, huh?" Sharapova said, when she recognised the male journalist from this month's Auckland Classic. "Oh God, you're stalking me!"

"It's not stalking if you love someone," the journalist said jokingly, to which Sharapova replied: "It can be slightly, trust me."

The 23-year-old also fended off the reporter's next question, asking whether there was a "hot Russians club where you get together".

"No. I didn't know I was part of it. But no," she said.