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Watch Fan Propose to Maria Sharapova Mid-game in Istanbul

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova is generally afforded a warm welcome wherever she plays, but this time in Istanbul – a fan surprised her by proposing to her during an exhibition match.

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Updated:November 30, 2017, 2:46 PM IST
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Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova is generally afforded a warm welcome wherever she plays, but this time in Istanbul – a fan surprised her by proposing to her during an exhibition match.

The Russian, who is busy preparing for the upcoming season which begins in January was playing local player Cagla Buyukakcay when the incident occurred.

Just as the five-time Grand Slam winner was going to serve, the fan shouted "Maria, will you marry me?" Sharapova paused instantly and the spectators at the Sinan Erdem Hall burst into laughter.

The Russian tennis ace decided to play along and answered with a "maybe", drawing more laughs and applause from the fans. Buyukakcay, ranked 161st in the world, was beaten by Sharapova 6-7, 0-6.




Sharapova who served a doping ban for 15 months, made a rather controversial return to the game in April. She is also under investigation by the authorities in India for cheating and criminal conspiracy after a luxury housing project that she endorsed collapsed.

The firm behind the project is alleged to have taken millions of dollars from people who were interested in buying houses before the project folded.

Piyush Singh, a lawyer representing one of the buyers, told AFP that police had filed initial charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy against Sharapova as part of a wider case against the firm Homestead Infrastructure Development.

Sharapova had in fact travelled to India in 2012 to launch the luxury high-rise apartment complex -- named Ballet by Sharapova.

The website of the project quotes Sharapova as saying her goal was to "make the owners feel like they own something special and different".

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| Edited by: Abhimanyu Sen
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