Hilarious moment security try to stop Maria Sharapova from entering a players’ only section at the Australian Open
- Vigilant security guard refused let Maria Sharapova pass without showing her ID
- Former World No.1 did’t have her access lanyard to players’ only section on show
- Sharapova beat her opponent Harriet Dart in the first round 6-0 6-0 to progress
A security officer guarding the doors to the players’ only section at the Australian Open didn’t recognise Maria Sharapova as she made her way inside.
Sharapova was flanked by two men – who were both wearing their all access lanyards – when she made her way in through the double doors.
Dressed in a grey sweater and her hair tied up in a ponytail, Sharapova, currently ranked 30, attempted to walk straight past the female security guard without showing any ID.
The former world No. 1 came out on top in her first round match against Harriet Dart beating her 6-0 6-0
Its unclear if the woman didn’t recognise the famous star or was simply following protocol.
Sharapova greeted a friend and then took a few steps back to flash her accreditation, which she was holding in her hand.
The former world no. 1 had been in ominous form at the season’s opening Grand Slam event, trouncing Harriet Dart 6-0 6-0 in the opening round and then sweeping past Rebecca Peterson 6-2, 6-1.
The Russian will face a more challenging task in the third round when she takes on third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.
A security guard manning the doors to the player’s only section at the Australian Open didn’t recognise Maria Sharapova as she made her way inside
She wrapped up the match in a little over an hour, securing her spot in round two on Monday