❝ I'm not the next anyone, I'm the first Maria Sharapova. ❞
- Maria Sharapova
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (born 19 April 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and is the top Russian player. Sharapova has won 33 WTA singles titles, including five Grand Slam singles titles. She has also won the year-end WTA Tour Championships in 2004. The WTA has ranked Sharapova world No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions. Maria is also an entrepreneur, she has her own candy line called Sugarpova and she works with Nike to create her collection.
Maria signed a multiyear agreement with Evian in 2010. Evian is also a proud sponsor of Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
Sugarpova is a premium candy line that reflects the fun, fashionable, sweet side of Maria Sharapova. She has created her own candy business to offer an accessible bit of luxury, interpreting classic candies in her own signature style. In 2016, Sugarpova added chocolate to their products.
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Maria Sharapova appeared today in The Today Show to talk about the reduction of her suspension.
Speaking out for the first time since her doping ban was reduced from two years to 15 months, tennis star Maria Sharapova says her initial penalty was unfair, labeling it “one of the toughest things” she’s ever had to face as a professional athlete.
“For an honest mistake, a two-year ban, I don’t think was correct,” Sharapova told Matt Lauer on TODAY Wednesday.
Maria Sharapova took over two hours to defeat Swiss teen Belinda Bencic 7-5, 7-5 under the roof of the Rod Laver Arena. Maria also established a personal record of 21 aces in a match, and that makes Maria the tournament leader with 52 aces.
In the first set, Maria had break points in the first two service games of Bencic, all of them were saved. A doble fault handed the Swiss the first break of the match to lead 3-2. However, the lead didn’t last too much as it was followed by a run of four consecutive breaks. As Bencic served to force a tiebreak, an unforced error gave Maria the first set.
The second set was full of opportunities for Maria, but the young Swiss wasn’t going to give in that easily. Once again Bencic found herself serving to stay in the match as the Russian lead 6-5.
Maria had a match point on Bencic’s serve, which she failed to capitalized after dumping a backhand into the bottom of the net. In her second match point, Sharapova responded with an amazing return which was called out, but the Russian wasn’t convinced and a challenge confirmed her pass to the quarterfinals.
In the next round Maria will face No. 1 Serena Williams.