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04/17/2012 05:15 pm ET | Updated Apr 18, 2012

Maria Sharapova Hair: Tennis Star Chops It Off? UPDATED (PHOTOS)

Like many female tennis stars, Maria Sharapova is known not only for her skills on the court but for her stunning off-duty looks, too. Her most notable feature? That shiny blonde hair, which she's worn long and straight for a decade.

But with her 25th birthday approaching this Thursday, perhaps the tennis pro was in the mood for change. Today Maria posted a note on her Facebook page: "But notice anything different with my hair? Hmmm..." along with two dramatic pics. Bye-bye, long hair -- hello, choppy bob!

"So what do you guys think?? I kind of love it!" she posted. There seems to be a consensus: over 46,000 people have "liked" the pics.

Still, it's a rather drastic change -- what do you think? See the new hair and a look back at Maria's signature gold strands below.

UPDATE: Alas, we've been duped. Maria reveals today that the new style was just a wig -- her long locks are still intact. We're actually a bit disappointed... we liked the new 'do.

New Maria:

Old Maria:

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