Maria Sharapova’s short hair was just a wig (Pictures)

Maria Sharapova created a buzz by sharing a few pictures of herself with short hair, but the change isn’t as drastic as it appeared. A report said she was only wearing a wig in the pictures that appeared on her Facebook page, and Sharapova later confirmed that was the case.

“Wow, when I posted those photos with the short hair I had no idea everyone would all go bananza….( my dear friends, I never actually said I cut my hair!) so for the sake of my email inbox and it’s stressful 24 hours, I would like to show you the below pictures…my hair is still long…and blonde…and well it’s pretty much the same! We did a shoot a few days ago and I sported all types of hair styles…long and yes short (a wig!!!),” she wrote on her Facebook page.

Even though she looks great with the short hair, those of you who were worried about her drastic fashion change can rest assured that it was only temporary.

“I love the short hair look but it doesn’t work with my lifestyle,” Sharapova told Just Jared.

UPDATE: In order to completely clear the air and assure people she still has her long, flowing locks, Sharpova shared the following photo on her Facebook page:

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Maria Sharapova says she would not do ‘Dancing With the Stars’ if asked

Hit television show “Dancing With the Stars” has featured two of the best female tennis players in history as contestants, but don’t expect Maria Sharapova to become the third. Speaking from Indian Wells, Ca. where the BNP Paribas Open is taking place, Sharapova says she would turn down the show if they asked her to compete.

“Even though I like to dance and all, there’s something about dancing in prom costumes in front of national television that is just not very appealing to me,” she said.

She also seems to wonder how much is based on talent vs. popularity, asking “Is it a lot of practice or is it personality?”

Monica Seles was a past competitor and Martina Navratilova is a contestant on the current season. Both participated in retirement. Sharapova is hoping her answer will be the same 10 years from now, but you never know if things could change when someone is offering you a fat pay check and plenty of publicity during retirement.

I’m sure those of you who are fans of her glorious styles are probably disappointed.

Rory McIlroy wins a point vs. Maria Sharapova in her charity match against Caroline Wozniacki (Video)

Rory McIlroy has been on top of the world since Sunday afternoon — no pun intended. With his win at the Honda Classic in Florida, the 22-year-old McIlroy became the second-youngest golfer ever to be ranked No. 1 in the world, behind only Tiger Woods who did it when he was 21. On Monday night, he attended a charity tennis match between his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova. Toward the end of the evening, Sharapova found herself in a dance-off with a young girl and a man from the audience. Wozniacki wanted in on the fun, so she asked if there were any hot guys in the stands who would like to dance with her. As you can see, McIlroy’s hand shot up. The two did not dance, however.

Instead, McIlroy came onto the court and Wozniacki handed him her racquet and two balls. At about the 2:25 mark, you can see Rory going through a volley with Sharapova and eventually winning a point against her. I’m sure Maria was giving it her all. Perhaps giving up junk food has not only propelled McIlroy to the top of the golf world, but also made him a solid tennis player.

Novak Djokovic Takes Maria Sharapova Impression to New Level (Video)

Perhaps there’s no tennis player with a surname more befitting than Novak Djokovic. The Serb is one of the biggest jokers on tour and widely known for his comedic impressions. Just this week we showed you a video of him smacking a reporter in the nuts with his racket. Now, via Sportress of Blogitude, we bring you this video of him impersonating Maria Sharapova:

Djokovic’s video apparently was a spoof of a commercial Sharapova did for Head last month. There was speculation in the past that the two could have been dating, but after all the impressions, I’m sure Novak killed his chances.

Here’s a video of Sharapova’s commercial to see how it compares:

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Maria Sharapova Wearing Eiffel Tower-Themed Dress for French Open

Maria Sharapova beat Mirjana Lucic in her first-round match at the French Open Tuesday 6-3, 6-0. Sharapova is seeded seventh in the tournament and she has to be considered one of the favorites after winning the clay court tune-up in Italy. But much like Venus Williams who’s drawn attention for wearing a lingerie-themed dress and 1920s flapper-style dress on the court, Sharapova is turning some heads for her Eiffel Tower-themed dress at Roland Garros. Check out the way her stripes criss cross around her torso, making it look similar to France’s most well-known landmark:

It’s subtle and hard to notice, but it’s pretty cool. And really, if I didn’t know that’s what the dress was supposed to reflect, I would have had no idea. At least it’s somewhat toned down compared to Venus Williams’ outfit when she made us all wonder if she was wearing underwear.

Overhead smash to Busted Racquet for the story and Sam Ahn for the tip

Photo Credits: THOMAS COEX/AFP

Maria Sharapova Takes Shot at Andrea Petkovic for the Petko Dance

Maria Sharapova may have gotten destroyed by Victoria Azarenka in the finals of the Sony Ericsson Open Saturday, but she still managed plenty of big wins along the way. The most notable victory for Sharapova came in the semis against Andrea Petkovic whom she defeated 3-6, 6-0, 6-2. The win avenged a 4th round loss to Petko in the Australian Open, and you could tell Sharapova took pride in the win, and beating Petkovic specifically.

As LBS contributor Sam shared with us, Busted Racquet picked up on some digs Sharapova threw at Petkovic in her post-match press conference. From the transcription via Tennis-X, Sharapova said:

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Maria Sharapova Complains About Reporter James McOnie Stalking Her

A goofball TV show host from New Zealand has been hijacking Maria Sharapova press conferences lately with off-beat questions, and apparently the tennis star has had enough. Sharapova was in New Zealand for the ASB Classic as a tuneup for the Australian Open. While at the tournament, she kept getting annoyed by host James McOnie who did the “late night TV thing at the Super Bowl” to her all week. The video below is an example of what went on:

Fast forward to Sunday where Sharapova won her opening round match of the Australian Open. After her match, McOnie was there to interrupt the press conference once again, but this time Maria made her uncomfortable feelings known. When asked, Sharapova said she considered him a stalker.

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