I'm focused on going out every day and doing my best. I don't follow other players or the tournaments they play. I never really think, 'Oh, I want to be or play like so-and-so.' I just like being myself. I always listened to my own voice, and it always told me that for some reason I'm meant to be better. In January, 2010, she signed an eight-year Nike contract, worth million.
In 2006, she appeared in a bikini for a six-page photo shoot in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.
I wish we would have done that earlier on, but it's been incredible to have a best friend like that."The test came back positive for a drug called mildronate, which Sharapova had been taking since 2006 for what she deemed as health issues.
Another high-profile tennis romance has gone kaput.
The best evidence of that is the best pictures of the couple were taken by paparazzi, not by legitimate news photographers.
Last year, after two years of relationships, Maria Sharapova (29) broke up with tennis player Grigor Dimitrov (25).
PHOTOS: Better after breakup In an interview with the this past May, Sharapova gushed about her tennis beau.
“It’s nice to have someone who really understands and respects [what I do] and who knows the drill,” she said of their power couple status.
They didn’t go public with their romance until May 2013, when the pair was spotted kissing on the streets of Madrid, where Dimitrov was playing in the Madrid Open.
The couple’s decision to split comes just weeks after Sharapova’s loss to Dimitrov’s ex-girlfriend Serena Williams at Wimbledon.