RUSSIAN tennis ace Maria Sharapova has been berated online for posing with a US flag.
The 30-year-old beauty was snapped at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles in front of a painting of the stars and stripes.
Sharapova – who posed alongside her mum – uploaded the picture to Instagram and was immediately met with abuse.
She wrote: “Mama, daughter and a Jasper John’s Flag.”
ONSLAUGHT: Maria did not expect the avalanche of criticism that followed (Image: GETTY)
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But she did not expect the avalanche of criticism that followed.
Instagram user adyanv wrote: “Do you have the guts to picture yourself with a Russian flag in the background? I know! You don’t have!”
Igor.novikov.547 said: “Maria just like other athletes has ‘professional’ attitude to patriotism, she has it when she needs it?”
STARS AND STRIPES: The 30-year-old beauty was snapped at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles (Image: MARIA SHARAPOVA/ INSTAGRAM)
Volodsag07 sarcastically added: “Maria would not have posted something which is not worthy. God bless America. Pray for America, Russia must die as a country.”
Sharapova is now back playing professional tennis after a ban for taking banned drug meldonium.