Tennis: Russian star Sharapova and Bulgarian player Dimitrov end three-year romance

Sharapova during ger women's semi-final match of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Sharapova announced that she and Dimitrov were a couple in May 2013.
Sharapova during ger women's semi-final match of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Sharapova announced that she and Dimitrov were a couple in May 2013. PHOTO: AFP

SOFIA (REUTERS) - Russian five-times Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has split with Bulgarian boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov after a nearly three-year relationship.

"Our paths split," 24-year-old Dimitrov, currently No. 16 in the ATP rankings, told Bulgarian media on Friday. "We experienced wonderful moments together. I wish her much happiness and success in life and in tennis.

"Now I'm concentrated entirely on the game and I'm sure the results will soon be seen... This is the summer of the new beginning for me."

Dimitrov, who climbed to No. 8 in the world last year after reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, has had a lean year and is still to reach a final.

Sharapova, 28, announced that she and Dimitrov were a couple in May 2013.