Johannesburg: World number two Maria Sharapova has confirmed that she is dating the highly-rated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

The confirmation was made on Saturday.

The pair had been photographed kissing on the streets of Madrid on Wednesday, just a day after Dimitrov dumped world number one Novak Djokovic out of the Madrid Masters, according to a report.

She had responded to the publishing of those photos by cryptically writing "how did you catch us?" on the courtside camera after her Madrid Open quarter-final on Friday.

She also revealed that they have been seeing each other for a while.

The Russian player, who is five years older than Dimitrov, said that this is just a part of their personal life away from the court and it is just something that both of them want to cherish on their own.
However, the 26-year-old also denied to any suggestion that the two could team up to play mixed doubles anytime soon.