WIMBLEDON – So many times at tournaments, you look over at a faraway practice court swear you just saw Maria Sharapova.
There’s the omnipresent visor. And the Nike outfit. And the blonde ponytail. Maybe even, a little, the grunt.
Even the Head tennis racket is similar.
As you get closer you realize the body type is different, and it is not, in fact Maria Sharapova. But even then, looking at the face from certain angles, you doubt.
Sharapova’s tennis twinsie is Carina Witthoeft of Germany, a 23-year-old currently ranked No. 81.
Witthoeft’s rise has been slow but steady. She finished in the top 100 in 2015 and 2016, and wrapped up 2017 with her first career WTA Tour title in Luxembourg, and her first appearance in the top 50.
And there they were, the twinsies, practicing together on Court 4 at Wimbledon Saturday.
Here’s what it looked like.
You don’t see Sharapova actually playing practice sets with other players all that often. So it was neat to see – especially with her twinsie.