Melbourne - Maria Sharapova has been dating fellow tennis star Grigor Dimitrov
for two years now and the glamorous Russian says she has enjoyed
watching the talented Bulgarian grow into a top player.
The pair hooked up in 2013 after Sharapova called off her engagement
to basketball player Sasha Vujacic and they reportedly share a home in
World No 11 Dimitrov, 23, is widely seen as one of the new guard
able to win a Grand Slam and his 27-year-old girlfriend - a five-time
major champion - said all was well in their relationship.
"It's just obviously nice to have each other, and even though we have
our respective careers and we train, to kind of have other's support is
always nice," she told The Age newspaper in Melbourne.
"I think that he's grown so much in the few years that I've even been
with him in terms of his focus and commitment to the sport.
"Obviously, I've always kind of watched his career grow from the
junior days, and to be able to see him stride in the top direction
really puts a smile on my face."
Dimitrov began his Australian Open campaign in decisive fashion
Monday, brushing aside German Dustin Brown 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in just 69
Sharapova gets her tournament underway later on Monday against Croatia's Petra Martic.