Sharapova to cut her hair only on retiring

Updated: Jun 09, 2012, 08:42 AM IST

Paris: Russian World No. 1 Maria Sharapova will not cut her signature long blonde hair until she retires from tennis, she said Friday.

Sharapova appeared to show off a new short hairdo on her Facebook page in April, to mixed reactions from her many fans. But later she revealed that the photos were a hoax.

"I liked the experiment with short hair, how I looked," she said.

"But playing with that haircut, I think, would be uncomfortable. When I finish playing then I`ll probably cut it."

Sharapova will face Italy`s Sara Errani in the final of the French Open Saturday.

Reaching the final ensured Sharapova will take the World No. 1 spot from Victoria Azarenka for the first time since a long injury layoff in 2008 and 2009 that saw her drop out of the top 100.

A win would make Sharapova only the 10th player in women`s tennis history to achieve the career Grand Slam of wins at all four major tournaments.