I’m a six foot blond Russian with 5% body fat. I’m gorgeous.
I know who I am and I know how I’ve played the sport since I was a young girl, with integrity, I’ve never taken the easy way out, I’m one of the biggest fighters in the game.
I’m just a very tough person when I go on the court, and I really don’t want to lose.
I love what I do and I will continue to keep doing it and forming my legacy.
Wellness to me encompasses mind and body. It’s a life approach to continuously grow and improve. Set goals for yourself and your body, and no goal is ever too big.
I love sports. Sports teach you so much about yourself and other people, and I think those are things you wouldn’t learn otherwise.
If everything was going smoothly you would never build character.
I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red.
I’m focused on going out every day and doing my best.
Without hard work and practice, a God-given talent is nothing. I do not know if anyone in sport or in any discipline who made it to the top without lots of hard work.
I was among kids who had the same goals and vision and we were all very competitive. We all wanted to beat each other and it was a really great competitive atmosphere.
Moving to the US was not easy for my family. It was really hard for my father and I to be away from my mother for two years. This was the worst part of the move by far but once my mother arrived and we were all together as a family, it did not matter where we were.
As a young girl, I was able to live my dream and I still live a big part of it today. It is something I focused on for many years.
My father was great, he was there as much as he could between jobs and he always looked after me but there is nothing like a mother’s attention, voice and vision.
If you’re able to help some people and make them smile and make them realize that life is good, then that’s worth so much more than buying a pair of shoes.
My goals are really to keep beating my own personal bests. I want to continue to become an even better athlete, to continuously sharpen my focus and to maintain a healthy, strong body.
It’s pretty hard being a tennis player and Mother Theresa at the same time and that’s just the way it is.
As a professional athlete, I maintain a disciplined lifestyle when I’m training. I stick to a clean diet of lean proteins and vegetables, stay hydrated, get a lot of sleep and stick to my normal routine wherever possible.
The more matches I play, the more confident I get.
When I walk through that gate to the court, that’s my escape. I block out everything, good and bad.
I want my tennis to speak for everything.
I always have a big bottle of Evian water on my nightstand and when I wake up it is a constant reminder to start my day off on a clean and healthy way. I drink half a liter before anything else. Proper hydration and a good amount of sleep are things I always try to be aware of.
I do some visualization when I have some quiet time. Carrying a positive perspective is very important and not always easy, but staying true to yourself and being honest to yourself will always guide you to the right frame of mind.
When my friends get together, we like to experiment from a cookbook. We just made a big Moroccan Tajine with couscous and caramelized onions, finished off with fresh mint tea with pine nuts.
Given my Russian heritage, I love soups.
I have a sweet tooth, so when I visit my friends we usually have some afternoon tea, the proper English way, with scones, jam, little cakes and organic loose leaf English breakfast tea.
I love candy, so much that I started my own candy collection called Sugarpova. I believe in indulging in moderation.
I love jewelry, and I love rings. I’ve collected rings ever since I was a young girl. I try to gift myself a ring or two every year.
The first thing I do in the morning is drink a glass of water with a fresh squeezed lemon to start my morning fresh. Then I make a lactose-free cappuccino and answer some emails.
I try to eat at home as much as I can, but some of my local favorites are Mosaic in Sarasota, Florida, and a creperie down the street for an occasional treat.
I like to vary my training so that it does not become too repetitive. I love exercising outdoors that benefit the body and the mind. I run on the beach a lot, and work with my training team daily on exercises that impact my on-court performance.
I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content.
I am trying to find ways and movements that do not need a lot of equipment but just a little bit of space. I have a few core exercises that I do (because) when your core is strong so many other parts of your body work well.
I still love to travel. Even though my schedule is quite set and I know where I am going, I try every once in a while to visit a new city or a new part of a city and almost get lost in it. That is something I have done since I was a young girl.
Everyone has a choice and it’s a matter of what you choose and what you enjoy doing.
I love learning about subjects that I’m not very familiar with. I love learning from people that know subjects that I don’t know. Even if you don’t use it, particularly, I think it helps develop your mind
Tennis has brought me so many things, has exposed me to so many different cultures and has allowed me to travel the world to meet so many great people. I am a very lucky girl.
My parents were there (in USA) all the way through to support me and help me make my dream come true. The dream of becoming a tennis champion was mine and not theirs. They took a risk that many people would never take.
Once I won Wimbledon at age 17, many people started to notice my tennis and I did get some attention for my physical appearance. All I can say is that I want to be remembered as a great tennis champion, nothing else.
My parents just always taught me to give my best in whatever I was doing, so I had no regrets. This was in school: tennis or anything that I am doing. I try to apply this to all aspects of my life.
I’ve been really fortunate that my five Grand Slam wins have been spread out over the course of 10 years—so each was experienced at a very different point in my career. It signifies how I’ve evolved as a player.
When you accomplish a win at Wimbledon, the idea of what’s next becomes even more important.
I’m a very private person, and while I’m happy to be included in so many red-carpet moments, I do wish that’s where the paparazzi following would end.
My Russian fans are especially excited when I travel back. But for me, remembering where I came from is so important to who I am, so I don’t mind it. When I carried the torch at the Olympic Games in Sochi, my hometown, it was a poignant moment for me.
I am admittedly a fierce competitor. But I would also label myself a strategist, whether on court or in the business world. I’m good at noticing trends and creating action plans.
I’m fortunate to have had a lengthy career, and the fans have stayed loyal. I try to work really hard and be an example for modern women.
I’m highly organized, loyal to friends and family, a fashion appreciator with an eye for design, and a dog lover.
I don’t like spiders and all that stuff. But I think they’re staying away from center court, so I think I’ll be okay.
Every day I feel like I wake up and I go out, I feel like I can improve and that makes me feel young. I feel like I still have a lot of energy and desire.
I still love things that you don’t even need to pay for. Going to the beach and being around five of your friends and having a good time means so much more than going out and spending hundreds of dollars
If I can create something that allows a woman to feel better – that is the true reward.
I don’t need many things. I don’t need glamour and attention to be happy. I’m very happy being settled and working my butt off and trying to win grand slams.
I learned there’s a big difference between juniors and the pros.
I want my handbags and my shoes to be stylish but I want to make sure that they’re versatile. I travel and I have to make sure the pieces I put into my bag can go with a dress or with shorts or jeans.
I’m not the next anyone, I’m the first Maria Sharapova.
I know my roots and I cannot forget the journey I made.
It’s always tough when you lose – you’ve worked so hard for that moment and it hasn’t gone the way you wanted. But you have to realise there’s always a bright side, you have to pick yourself up and get ready for the next game.
When I need to push myself, I think of all those nicely polished trophies waiting to be lifted up by the winner – and how that winner might be me.
Since I was young, the artistic expression that fashion embodies has inspired me. It’s a way to communicate oneself.
It’s so cool to be tall. Even when I’m not wearing heels people tell me I’m tall and I always take it as a complement. The good thing is I can always see everybody in the room.
When you look good, you feel good. Confidence with what you’re wearing is very important. If you feel good, you will always perform your best without worrying about anything.
My main goal is to stay healthy because when you’re injured you realize how lucky you are to have your health.
I have always had an interest in fashion and design and I appreciate style and timelessness within my footwear and accessories both on and off the court.
When I make a commitment I stick to it.
When I travel, I love speaking to women around the world about the things that inspire them, the fashions they like, what makes something good and what would make it even better.
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I don’t follow other players or the tournaments they play. I have my own schedule and do my own thing. I never really think, ‘Oh, I want to be or play like so-and-so.’ I just like being myself.
I love jotting down ideas for my blog, so I doodle or take notes on all kinds of stuff that inspires me: the people I meet, boutiques I visit, a florist that just gave me a great idea for an interior-design project, things like that.
I’m not a huge gym person, so I try to stay away from the gym. But I love to run on the beach or go for a walk. It’s better than riding a stationary bike.
Whenever I have friends over, we end up eating and talking and losing track of time, and, once in a while, singing karaoke. It reminds me of the family meals we had in Russia, which always lasted a very long time. That’s a tradition I miss.
Sometimes when you’re putting the work in it just seems so, so hard, and you never know when that work’s going to pay off.
A great tennis career is something that a 15-year-old normally doesn’t have. I hope my example helps other teens believe they can accomplish things they never thought possible.
I’ve been very competitive by nature from a young age, whether it was eating a bowl of pasta faster than somebody else, or always wanting to be the first one in line.
I’ve been playing against older and stronger competition my whole life. It has made me a better tennis player and able to play against this kind of level despite their strength and experience.
I’m an afternoon tea type of girl. I come from a Russian background where we love our teas. So between lunch and dinner after training I come home and I love a nice cup of tea with jam in it, as we drink it there. Black English Breakfast with raspberry jam is my favorite.
When you know what you are going to wear, it fits and it’s great material, then you feel confident in it.