Glamour UK: Maria Sharapova talks Wimbledon, beauty secrets and sweets
We met tennis champ and sweet-tooth Maria Sharapova to talk Wimbledon, beauty secrets and her new Sugarpova pop-up…
GLAMOUR: What inspired you to create Sugarpova? What is your favourite classic sweet?
MARIA: As a girl growing up practicing tennis, I often was rewarded for a good practice with my favorite treat – a piece of candy. The idea of rewarding my sweet tooth for a job well done has stayed with me even through adulthood – yet when I looked around, I couldn’t find any readily available adult-like candy. Sugarpova is an elevation in quality and design from your typical drugstore candy brands, and I love sharing it with my fans and friends. My favorite flavor is Quirky – it’s a rainbow-coloured, strawberry-flavoured toffee with a creamy marshmallow center.
G: Tell us more about the Sugarpova pop-up? What can we expect from the store and lounge?
M: I’m so excited by our Sugarpova Lounge! It’s the first of its kind, not only in Wimbledon, but anywhere. I wanted to create a place that people could just hang out – snack on some candy, get a healthy juice, relax, check emails, play in our photobooth and more.
G: What do you like most about competing at Wimbledon and staying in London?
M: Wimbledon is iconic, and the meaning of its tradition always moves me. I won my first major there in 2004. Now, ten years later, I look back and see how far I’ve come – I’ve battled back after injuries and grown so much as an athlete and a person. I’m still at the top of my game, and I can’t wait to begin.
G: Aside from being admired and looked up to for your incredible achievements in tennis, people also love your fashion and beauty. Who inspires your off-court style and do you have a favourite beauty icon?
M: There are so many! I’ve always had a complete love for fashion and design, and I get absorbed in runway collections and books. I love classic women like Audrey Hepburn – she was a real beauty icon because she wasn’t over-the-top, but elegant and captivating still today, so many decades later.
G: How do you prepare your body for the punishing Grand Slam season?
M: It’s all about discipline for me, and staying responsible for my schedule. I see the difference in my performance when I splurge, so I really believe in ‘everything in moderation.’ My training schedule is pretty intense, but I try to mix-up my workouts and keep things fresh. I eat a lot of lean proteins and vegetables – nothing processed. I also work hard to follow a strict suncare regime on my skin. With so much time spent outdoors, it’s crucial that I take precautions and use my Supergoop! products – I love that company and its message so much, I just became a co-owner in the brand.
G: Apart from tennis practice, what other forms of exercise do you enjoy? I’m lucky enough to spend a lot of time near the beach – either in Florida or Southern California. I love to run on the beach, it really clears my head. And yoga for the same reasons are great for the mind and body as well.
G: For young people who want to get into tennis, what would your top advice be?
M: Be your own biggest competitor. Strive to out-perform yourself everyday, but never forget the joy of the game. All of the sweat, aches, discipline, and endurance will all be worth it if you find passion in what you do.
G: If you weren’t a tennis player, what would you be?
M: Probably a designer or an architect. Definitely something design-driven that allows me to test my creative limits.
The Sugarpova pop-up store and juice bar is open now until 6 July at 89 High Street, Wimbledon Village