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The clothing reference is not an accident. Sharapova's endorsement contracts contribute to her $25 million-a-year income.
Not just clothes, but bags, watches.
Being a top tennis player is one thing. Having super-model looks to go along with the talent makes her the hottest property on the market, in so many ways.
But the world's top-earning woman athlete says it's still all about the tennis.
"It's not my job to judge," she chuckled. "It's somebody else's. So you know, first and foremost, I just - I have a tennis racket and a ball, and that's what I'm good at."
It's all a long way from the seven-year-old little girl tennis prodigy who was brought to the U.S. from Russia by her father and who, as she grew older, showed the two qualities that would make her - skill, and a killer instinct.
"They saw how much I loved going out and competing against somebody. And I was never the one that liked to practice and hit millions of balls, even though I knew it was good for me. But when I saw somebody across the net, I just wanted to win. And I think that they -- they saw that, they saw the desire, they saw that I wanted, you know, that the passion I had for the sport, and they did everything they could to make me better."
How big a role did having a "tennis stage parent" have in making Sharapova as successful as she is?
"Well, at the end of the day, where are you gonna be without that driving force?" she responded.
Her father, Yuri, doesn't travel with her anymore.
There's a new man in her life - her fiance, basketball player Sasha Vujacic.
But Sharapova says she'll "probably wait a little bit" - perhaps until she's finished playing tennis - to get married.where ... like I said, (I think), 'How many years are you gonna do this for?' But I don't think that you will see me so much around it in the daily life of the sport when I'm done."
And it's fun as long as you're winning?
"Well, that helps!" Sharapova replied, "but it's not always about the winning. It's sport, so... "
As Masha is a clever girl, she always finds the right solution for her life at the right moment.
Yes, Maria Sharapova is only 25 years old, it is a chance for her to make new records in tennis; usually professional sport persons retire when they are 29-30 years old. Masha has a great potential in tennis because she started playing when she was only 4 years old.
Professional sport person only marry when they retire if not they often divorce so it is better to wait the right time for a marriage. A marriage in a hurry is a failure in your life. Women often marry in a hurry to a rich man when they need money; I don't think it is the case of Maria because she is a busy person.
For people who want to retire in sport, they can marry anyone but it is not the case of Maria today.
For professional sport persons, money is not so important, the results in their field, new records make them happy.
So let's be happy that Masha is going to beat new records the next few years; she will make tennis more interesting in the world and among young people.
MARRIAGE IS JUST GOOD FOR RETIRED PEOPLE IN PRO-SPORT.
You are correct Brebis, this is an old article republished by a tabloid paper, I remember Serena making the coment at that time that she had giving up dating.
I think that Maria and Sasha are having problems since the FO and those problems contributed to her early exit from Wimbledon.