‘Are you serious? You and me? Going to dinner?’: Maria Sharapova recalls first meet with Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic, too, confirmed that Sharapova's recollection that both had gone to dinner during their initial days of the career was true.
Maria Sharapova marched into the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open.
Russian former world number one Maria Sharapova marched into the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open here today with a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 victory over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.
Sharapova, who has worked her way up to 59 in the world rankings since her return from a doping ban last year, will face either of the Czech pair Kristyna Pliskova or Katerina Siniakova in the last four in southern China.
The 30-year-old Sharapova, who is unseeded in the tournament that serves as a build-up to the Australian Open, is embarking on her first full season since returning from a 15-month drugs ban in April.
The five-time Grand Slam winner was never really in trouble against Diyas, who is 66 in the world and joins Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in the Shenzhen semis.