Maria Sahrapova Raises Questions With a Joke.

What an amazing world we live in.

Maria Sharapova recently blew out of the Wuhan Open. In the third round on Wednesday she

Maria Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova.

went down to the dogged and determined rising Swiss hopeful Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.

Sharapova racked up an uncharacteristic six double-faults in the first set alone. She never looked comfortable against her machinelike rival. Sharapova also managed to blow two tie-breakers in the second set.

It was an uncharacteristic loss of focus for the Russian tennis superstar, and one that earned her an early trip home.

This is where things get strange.

“Hey buddy, I’m, right behind you … :)” Photo:

“Hey buddy, I’m, right behind you … :)” Photo:

Maria had taken her seat on the aeroplane. Sitting in front of her was a man reading a newspaper. He turns to the sports section (as men are wont to do) and starts reading about Maria’s early exit from the Wuhan Open.

Maria seized the moment and took a snapshot of the fellow. She posted it to Twitter with the caption, “Hey buddy, I’m, right behind you … J”

All Maria’s fans on Twitter must have enjoyed the joke.

But several questions emerge:

First, how did the Chinese man not notice the tall, blonde, famous Russian tennis superstar on a plane full of other Chinese?

Second, what the hell was Maria Sharapova (the best paid sportswoman in the world) doing flying economy!?

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