Four-time Grand Slam champion tennis player Maria Sharapova shows us a softer side in this photo shoot for Hamptons Magazine. Wearing summer dresses and bright pops of yellow by designers like Poleci and Michael Kors, Maria opens up to the magazine about life as a successful business woman, what it takes to be a pro, and her future plans to be a mom.
Additional photos, a link to behind the scenes video, and excerpts from Maria’s interview can be found after the jump.
Where does that determination come from?
MS: It’s tough to say; I’m not sure if you can learn that. I was really fortunate when I started playing sports at an early age because sports teaches you so many thing about life—results, expectation, sacrifices. My experiences—moving to a new country with my father at a very young age, not seeing my mom for a while, learning a new language—I matured a lot.
What qualities do you possess that have contributed to your success in business?
MS: I think communication is so important when you work with a company because it’s not just about you and the brand; there are so many different people, so many voices. The most important thing is I really enjoy that creative process. I feel like, for me, it’s also a big learning process; I learn so much from people who have been in different businesses outside of tennis, have evolved their own careers, and have guided me in the right direction.
You’re a champion athlete, model, designer, businesswoman, and spokeswoman—which role gives you the most satisfaction?
MS: Definitely being an athlete. Nothing else that I’ve done gives me that same drive, that excitement, the feeling of competitiveness. Every field is competitive, but in tennis it’s such an individual sport, so it’s a spectacular feeling when you’ve achieved things that you’ve really worked for.
You’re getting married to Sasha Vujacic, a Slovenian professional basketball player (who played for the Lakers and the Nets), on November 10 in Istanbul, Turkey. Do you also see yourself one day becoming a mom?
MS: For sure! My mother and I have a very close relationship; she had me when she was really young. I’ve missed that train, but absolutely, some day.