Apart from making headlines with her tennis exploits, five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova used to turn heads with her gorgeous appearances.
The Former Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has opened up on whether all the attention and the distracting noise around her physical appearance affected her game during her playing career.
“I couldn’t care less how my hair looked (while playing)” – Maria Sharapova
Appearing on a podcast, the Russian, who is now a successful entrepreneur, reflected on her relationship with tennis amid all the buzz around her appearance on court; saying she couldn’t care less about how her hair looked when she was three hours deep into a match.
“I never felt more comfortable when it was sweat and tears in the third hour of the match, in the final of a Grand Slam. I couldn’t care less how my hair looked, if my skin was glowing (or) how my pigmentation is less.“
The Russian said that for her, showcasing her inner strength during her playing days was the definition of beauty. She also added that it was her mental toughness that brought her all the glory in the sport.
“I played tennis for 28 years of my life and that to me was the definition of beauty. I was always mentally tough besides having some potential in the sport.”
‘Did I enjoy winning a championship and then doing a photograph with the trophy in a pretty dress? Of course.’
The former World No.1 then went on to state that she did enjoy posing for the paparazzi in pretty dresses after winning a title.
“Now, did I enjoy winning a championship and then doing a photograph with the trophy in a pretty dress? Of course. I had a hair make-up team that would make me feel like I was a princess. “And I was so fortunate to work with amazing brands that would offer me pretty dresses to take the photo in,” she said.
Five-time Grand Slam champion, Maria Sharapova was one of the most followed and admired athletes in her playing days. The Russian announced her retirement from tennis in February last year.